Fork Wear Gauge Blog

  • Statutory Forklift Truck Inspections: What do I need to do by law? 
    Regular forklift inspections are not only important to maintain uptime as part of a regular maintenance programme, but they are also enshrined in law to protect the safety of operators and all those around them.   All forklift trucks must by law have a Thorough Examination carried out by a Competent Person at least once a year. In some applications and environments, the mandatory interval may be reduced to six or… Read more: Statutory Forklift Truck Inspections: What do I need to do by law? 
  • What is the difference between LOLER and PUWER?   
    LOLER and PUWER are two sets of safety regulations that all lifting equipment must meet. While the basic principles are the same, LOLER expands on the requirements of PUWER to help protect against the specific risks of lifting or lowering loads.  Both LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) and PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) are designed to ensure equipment is suitable and safe for… Read more: What is the difference between LOLER and PUWER?   
  • Thorough Examination – what must be inspected?
    In a Thorough Examination each lifting part must be inspected in line with LOLER, while all other components affecting safety must be checked according to PUWER.  All forklift trucks must undergo a Thorough Examination at least once a year to ensure they are in safe working condition according to two key pieces of Health and Safety legislation, LOLER and PUWER.  Components covered by LOLER  LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment… Read more: Thorough Examination – what must be inspected?
  • Fork Wear Gauge inventor Matthew Kennedy – Q&A
      Fork Wear Gauge inventor Matthew Kennedy, after more than 25 years in the materials handling sector, had a simple but brilliant idea for a fork wear tool that would make measuring fork heels for wear quicker and easier than ever before.   Why is it important to measure forks for wear?  Forks are a safety critical component and so detailed measurements to identify wear and damage are required by law… Read more: Fork Wear Gauge inventor Matthew Kennedy – Q&A
  • Can I repair my forklift forks?
    Can I repair my forklift forks? The answer is yes – but it must only be done through the manufacturer or their agent. BITA GN62 sections 5 and 6 state the following: ‘In some attachment operations it is difficult to avoid parts being rubbed against the ground. To this end sacrificial wear plates may be fitted. These may be on the bottom of clamp arms and bodies, or the outside of… Read more: Can I repair my forklift forks?
  • Why is it important to know and show how much worn my forks are?
    There are three main benefits to knowing how much worn the forks are; 1. The customer will know how much longer they can safely use the forks using the measured fork wear data from the previous Thorough Examination to work out if the forks will wear above 10% before the next Thorough Examination. 2. The user and service provider can order in replacement forks ready for when the old forks… Read more: Why is it important to know and show how much worn my forks are?
  • What came first the Pallet or the Fork?
    What came first the pallet or the fork? During Egyptian and Roman times cranes were used for loading supplies onto ships. Loads were physically placed into nets or onto platforms which were then lifted onto the ship’s deck before being put into the hold, a practice that remained unchanged for hundreds of years. Loading and unloading ships required expert knowledge of the proper techniques for lifting and stowing cargo from… Read more: What came first the Pallet or the Fork?
  • What type of forks do I need?
    What type of forks do I need? Often overlooked, the type of fork design is critical to safety and productivity. If you’re looking to replace the forks you have either due to wear, or the type of load you need to move has changed, it is important you buy the right forks to cope with the load.  Here is a quick guide to help you select the correct forks for… Read more: What type of forks do I need?
  • FB Chain launches the Professional Fork Wear Gauge
    Following on from the world-renowned Professional Chain Wear Gauge, FB Chain are launching a new fork lift related product in the form of the Professional Fork Wear Gauge. For many years, the FB Chain Professional Chain Wear Gauge has been the world’s reference tool for forklift maintenance technicians and insurers engaged in the in-depth inspection of lifting equipment. Now this innovative company has turned its attentions to measuring the wear… Read more: FB Chain launches the Professional Fork Wear Gauge