What is a LOLER inspection?

According to HSE, LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) is defined as a duty to ‘people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment.” This definition encapsulates every business and organisation where employees are using lifting equipment.

LOLER requires that “all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and, in many cases, subject to statutory periodic ‘LOLER thorough inspection.” LOLER also states that records of all LOLER thorough inspections must be kept on hand and that any defects found within the lifting equipment during inspections must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authorities.

Depending on the kind of lifting equipment in use, LOLER regulations legally require a 6 or 12-month inspection to be carried out by a competent person. If the lifting equipment is brand-new, the equipment should be examined before its first use and operation, and regularly throughout its service life – meaning that the recommended LOLER inspection frequency for all lifting equipment is at least every 6 months.

LOLER regulations are in place to guarantee that lifting equipment conforms to regulation standards and that they are safe to use. If any equipment develops a fault, it could lead to injury or fatality.

Legal Requirements


Key Summary

Legal Information Key Notes; are you aware that you are responsible to have the following inspections in place:
1 Pre-Use Checks Pre-use checks should be carried out at the start of each shift. Required under LOLER 1998 & BS7121-2-1:2012
2 LOLER 1998 Inspection - Cranes Report of thorough inspection; LOLER 1998 regulation 9 requires cranes and supporting structures to be examined in the following circumstances:
Periodically whilst in service, at maximum intervals of 6 months for cranes that lift people and 12 months for cranes that lift goods only, LOLER regulation 9(3)(a)(i) and (ii)
3 LOLER 1998 Inspection - An accessory for lifting i.e. chains / slings Report of thorough inspection; periodically whilst in service, at maximum intervals of 6 months for, LOLER regulation 9(3)(a)(i)
4 In-Service Inspections In-service inspections and maintenance are carried out to ensure that components are repaired or replaced before they deteriorate to a point at which they could become unsafe. Planned preventative maintenance should be carried out in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions in compliance with LOLER 1998 section 9, 330 - 352, BS7121-2-1 2012 section 6.3 and PUWER section 5
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