Hiring A Forklift Truck – Remember These Tips
Since the 1930s a vast number of commodities have been moved by some type of mechanical handler. From pedestrian operated trucks to those offering a fully enclosed all weather cab, there is a machine suitable for all the many different types of industries that rely on the use of forklift trucks to facilitate their business needs in the modern day.
So how should one go about hiring a forklift truck, what considerations must be taken into account? A hire contract may be anywhere between 1 and 7 years so it’s important you choose the right company who can provide you with the best machine and service. Here are some of the key points to consider:
Ensure you choose a machine suitable for your application- a reputable and knowledgeable lift truck provider should be able to advise you on this but you should provide details such as:
Load to be lifted
How high you need to lift such a load
Fuel type e.g. diesel, gas, electric. The latter may depend on the environment you are using the vehicle in.
Maintenance and Breakdown cover- ensure that your contract includes full maintenance and servicing of your machine, as well as breakdown cover, as loss of use of your forklift truck could be significantly costly to your business. Look out for those companies that provide a replacement machine after 24hr downtime to ensure peace of mind.
Ensure that the service cover provided on your machine covers the shift pattern the truck will be used on.
Ensure that the machine you are hiring has a current “certificate of thorough examination” or conforms to LOLER (lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations)
Be aware of normal exclusions to a hire contract include:
Operator damage or misuse
Tyres / punctures
Consumables, including: oil; fuel; bulbs; filters; grease etc
Additionally you should ensure that your forklift truck provider is;
Complies with H&SE requirements
Able to provide you with the service you expect in terms of personnel and support
Has an acceptable location – many companies can provide a UK wide service. However using a Google local search for small truck hire in ‘your area’ will provide you with those companies most likely to provide you with a full level of service for your company needs.
Finally ensure that the intended operator of the lift truck you hire is adequately trained and licensed to drive and operate the vehicle. Some forklift truck companies offer driver training, alternatively you can check out the Fork Lift Truck Association for more details.