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Dangers of altering a forklift

Forklift truck modifications are offered by many companies and are widely advertised, but they are far from risk free. But businesses are warned that alterations that are not factory approved may affect capacity, stability or safety requirements.

BS EN ISO 3691-1:2015 clearly states that “unauthorised truck modification is not permitted”.

Peter Harvey, chief executive of the Fork Lift Truck Association, said: “This is an important industry-wide issue and is especially important when trucks are leased. Unauthorised modifications or repairs – even changing tyres – could invalidate rental contracts or manufacturer warranties, leaving users to foot repair bills.”

Examples of modifications commonly being offered include mast reductions, drive-in racking modifications and, perhaps most disturbingly, truck head guard modifications.

British Industrial Truck Association secretary-general James Clark added: “Those undertaking such work should understand that they may have inadvertently taken on the responsibilities of being the equipment manufacturer, with all the risks of prosecution and redress this entails.”

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