The Australian Forklift and Industrial Truck Association (AFITA) has released an updated version of its highly valued Forklift Truck Fair Wear and Tear Guide. The Guide has been developed to assist the interpretation of Fair Wear and Tear and to provide rental customers with a consistent approach that is implemented by AFITA members.
AFITA President, Steve Takacs, said the purpose of the document is to give a guide to what is considered within the industry as “Fair Wear and Tear”. During the contract term, age related deterioration of the equipment will naturally occur, this is known as “Fair Wear and Tear”.
“Importantly, the term “Fair Wear and Tear” only relates to equipment that is being used in compliance with the Operating Instructions, where daily checks are carried out by the operator, and regular servicing is carried out using recommended parts and lubricants by an authorised service agent,” Mr Takacs said.
“Fair Wear and Tear should not be confused with damage or excessive wear and tear. Damage and excessive wear and tear occurs as a direct result of misuse, abuse, lack of attention to preventative measures, poor application or environmental conditions.
“Users are financially responsible for the repair or make good costs if the equipment is returned with an unreasonable level of wear and tear at the end of the rental period.”
The Australian Forklift and Industrial Truck Association (AFITA) is the national peak body representing the interests of major suppliers of lift trucks and associated equipment in Australia. Its membership includes most of the manufacturers and importers of lift handling equipment and other major companies and suppliers associated with the industry.
Since its formation in 1961, the Association has become increasingly recognised for providing a strong voice for the industry. The major focus of the AFITA is to ensure the highest possible standards of performance, safety and client satisfaction.
The AFITA plays an active role in the development of Australian and International Standards for the forklift industry and in promoting the highest standards of safe use of equipment through the development of guidance documents on topical issues and the conduct of annual Forklift Safety Seminars to inform industry and users of forklift equipment.
A copy of the guide can be downloaded by clicking here.