The Australian Industrial Truck Association (AITA) has updated its “Forklift Truck Fair Wear and Tear Guide” to assist with the interpretation of “fair wear and tear” and to provide rental customers with a consistent approach that is implemented by AITA members.
“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,” says AITA President, Steve Takacs.
“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,” he adds.
“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,” concludes Takacs.
Since its formation in 1961, the Australian Industrial Truck Association has become increasingly recognised for providing a strong voice for the industry. The major focus of the AITA is to ensure the highest possible standards of performance, safety and client satisfaction.
The AITA 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 free of charge from the AITA website.
Australian Industrial Truck Association