LOLER Inspections


The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulation (1998) is the UK regulation for individuals or organisations who own, operate or have control over all types of lifting equipment. It falls under the Health and Safety at Work etc. ACT 1974 and works to ensure all equipment is in a safe condition for lifting operations.

A LOLER inspection or thorough examination (LOLER regulation 9) must be completed on all lifting equipment at defined appropriate intervals to comply. The LOLER definition of lifting equipment includes any equipment used at work for lifting or lowering loads, including attachments used for anchoring, fixing supporting.

Our inspection engineers are qualified and experienced in LOLER inspections, providing full documentation and professional reporting to fulfil your legal lifting responsibilities.

Who has obligations under LOLER regulations?

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, it is the legal responsibility of the employer to provide a safe working environment, safe plant and equipment. The LOLER regulations address the specific lifting equipment requirements. If you are an ‘employer or self-employed person providing lifting equipment for use at work’ or if ‘you have control of the use of lifting equipment’ then the LOLER regulations apply. If you fall under either of these categories, you are classed as a ‘duty holder’. It is, therefore, your responsibility to ensure that all lifting equipment in your possession and/or use meets the requirements of LOLER.

The aim of the LOLER regulations are to reduce risks to people’s health and safety from lifting equipment provided for use at work. In addition to the requirements of LOLER, lifting equipment is also subject to the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

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When does LOLER apply?

LOLER applies throughout Great Britain whenever the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 is in force. When it comes to activities that require lifting equipment, LOLER applies every single time the equipment is used, whether you are the owner of it or not. Under LOLER, any lifting equipment must have been subjected to thorough examination and marked with a safe working load in order to be compliant.

Thorough inspections at specified intervals are necessary to ensure the safety of lifting equipment operating. LOLER states that inspections should be completed at regular intervals, every 12 months for all equipment or every six months for equipment lifting people, accessories and before lifting equipment is used for the first time.

What items require inspection or thorough examination under LOLER?

The LOLER definition of lifting equipment includes any equipment used at work for lifting or lowering loads, including attachments used for anchoring, fixing supporting. LOLER regulations cover a wide range of equipment including but not limited to telehandlers, gantry, cranes, goods lifts and man cage lifts, mobile elevating work platforms and vehicle inspection platform and excavators.

The definition of equipment requiring lift certification also includes lifting gear testing and accessories such as chain, slings and eye bolts.

What does a LOLER ‘thorough examination’ involve?

A thorough examination is a ‘systematic and detailed examination of equipment and safety critical parts’. Examinations are to be carried out at specific intervals by a competent person who must provide a written report once the examination is complete. The examination is based on three stages: visual examination and functional checks, measurements of wear and non-destructive testing and load testing.

If a defect is recorded, you will be notified by the inspector immediately. It is your responsibility to take action and manage risk by ensuring the defect is highlighted and that no employee uses the equipment until it is repaired. The machine will not achieve pass certification unless all aspects of the LOLER regulation are met.