CFTS, the body behind a national standard for the Thorough Examination of lift trucks, has appointed a new Technical Manager, Adrian White.
From his base in York, Adrian, an experienced engineer with more than 25 years’ experience, will support CFTS’ growing number of accredited companies in the North of England, Scotland and Ireland.
After beginning his career working in automotive, Adrian soon found his place working in the materials handling industry as a field service engineer, before moving into technical sales support. Through this, Adrian gained a good understanding of the practical challenges facing lift truck employers and service companies including Thorough Examination.
Adrian said, “I first qualified as a Competent Person back in 2004, when CFTS was in its infancy, so to speak. Much has happened since then, of course. Over the past 15 years, CFTS has grown significantly. More and more employers now recognise the crucial difference between a LOLER-only examination, which checks only lifting parts and the CFTS approach which ensures the whole truck is safe to operate.”
In his most recent role, working for a leading attachments manufacturer, Adrian looked closely at the inspection of fork arms and how this could be improved. This is something he is keen to continue at CFTS.
Adrian explained, “Your fork arms play an integral role in keeping your truck operating safely. A failure is unthinkable, so we need to be sure we’re taking advantage of the latest developments, such as non-destructive testing, to minimise the risk to employers.”
In his new role Adrian will work alongside CFTS Technical Manager, Matthew Kennedy, to support CFTS and its 400 accredited companies operating across the UK and Ireland.
Matthew explained that, “Adrian will be a real asset for both the CFTS and our growing membership. He has the expertise and technical knowledge that our members need to get the job done, backed by a practical understanding of the issues impacting them, their customers and the wider industry.
“Best of all, he shares our commitment to making CFTS the standard for excellence in the Thorough Examination of lift trucks.”