FAQ regarding fork inspection
Detailed information is provided by the following norm: ANSI/ITSDF B56.1
This international standard defines general instructions for inspection and repair.
According to the international standard ANSI/ITSDF B56.1 tests should be carried out on a regular basis, at least every 12 months. Depending on the application, e.g. multi-shift operation or hard working conditions, test intervals should be reduced accordingly. Furthermore, drivers or operators of lift-trucks are responsible for regular visible inspections of the forks.
The yearly inspection shall be carried out carefully only by trained personnel. This service is mainly provided by acknowledged forklift service companies. Only the manufacturer of the fork arm or an expert of equal competence shall decide whether and how a fork may be repaired.
Repairs shall only be carried out by the manufacturer or an acknowledged service company (ANSI/ITSDF B56.1). Each modification of a fork may lead to irreparable damages or even safety risks. Only small repairs (f.ex. exchange of locking devices) can be carried out by the operator.
What has to be checked?
The following steps allow you to assess the condition of your forks quickly and reliably!
For more detailed information about the individual steps, tools and reference values, refer to the technical information.