The Fork Wear Gauge easy to use. It indicates fork thickness and shows how much working life is remaining.
All fork inspections must follow the stipulations of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations LOLER) 1998; the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998; BITA Guidance Notes GN62(rev 2) and GN28(rev 5); FLTA Technical Bulletin TB12 and ISO 5057:1993.
Forklift fork heels can wear over time and continued use leading to reduction in capacity and eventual failure. Once a fork has reached its 10% wear limit it needs to be removed from service immediately.
If the fork is worn close to 10% wear, the inspector or competent person shall make the decision on timescales for a replacement based on usage, working conditions and any other site critical factors.