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Answered: Do forklift attachments need to be certified?

Do forklift attachments need to be certified?

The short answer is yes, forklift attachments, forks and extensions need to be professionally inspected for safety.

Why do forklift attachments need to be certified?

It’s a requirement that forklift operatives arrange inspections for equipment to confirm it’s safe and doesn’t present any danger to people. These inspections are known as Thorough Examinations. At the end of the inspection, you receive a valid Report of Thorough Examination.

Thorough Examinations fall under the HSE Regulations of LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) and PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998). They are required by law.

How often do forklift attachments need to be certified?

Every 6 months.

Is this still the case in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?

For organisations that are operational, yes. Thorough Inspections should still be carried out for the safety of all those involved in materials handling operations. These inspections should be carried out in accordance with the government’s hygiene and social distancing protocols.

Get more information and advice about COVID-19 on the Health and Safety Executive’s website

Now we’ve answered the question “do forklift attachments need to be certified?” we wanted to share how the process works…

At Invicta, our Through Examination service is designed to be quick and easy for you – the customer. We assess on your site, carrying out any repairs there and then, or taking equipment away and replacing it if needed. We’ll get in touch with you when your next inspection is due.


Do you have a question about this service? Or perhaps you have equipment due for inspections? Visit the Thorough Examination page for more details or get in touch with us on 0113 277 1222 or

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