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Provider of thorough Examinations


A Thorough Examination is a legal requirement for forklift trucks under LOLER 98 (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) and POWER 98 (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998).

The examination involves a comprehensive inspection of the lifting equipment to determine whether it is safe to use.
From brakes and steering to forks and tyres, our service engineers are experienced and fully trained to ensure your forklift meets current health and safety legislation.
Based in Camberley, DAT Mechanical Services Ltd is a provider of Thorough Examinations.

What are my obligations?

Every forklift truck you have in service, including those which are hired, must have a current Report of Thorough Examination. This is akin to the MOT certificate.

The only exceptions are brand-new forklift trucks, although these must be subject to Thorough Examination at some point within a year of their acquisition.

As the user of the forklift truck, the responsibility for obtaining this report lies with you (whether you own, lease or hire). You must be able to produce it when required to do so by an enforcement officer.

The only exception might be for a forklift truck operating under a short-term contract of less than a year, in which case the hiring company should provide you with a copy of the current Report of Thorough Examination.


A Thorough Examination must be carried out at least every 12 months. Depending on the application, intensity of use and the nature of attachments, the regulations may require for the examination to be carried out every 4 or 6 months.

To determine the appropriate interval between inspections, you should consult with a ‘Competent Person’.
As authorised fork lift truck service engineers, DAT Mechanical Services Ltd are qualified to carry out a Thorough Examination.

Is your forklift truck in need of servicing or repair? Get in touch. We can even supply lifting equipment on short or long-term hire to ensure your business continues to operate effectively in the meantime.


The consequences of not having a Thorough Examination are severe.
If your vehicle is not compliant with LOLER 98 and POWER 98 legislation, you could face prosecution, invalidate your insurance or, worst of all, be responsible for a serious accident due to unsafe equipment.

Ensure your forklift truck is LOLER 98 and POWER 98 compliant with a Thorough Examination from DAT Mechanical Services Ltd in Camberley.

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