Lifting Equipment Inspections

If you have lifting equipment, you must ensure it is regularly checked to follow the rules of LOLER.

Lifting Equipment Inspection Services

At ISI, we inspect lifting equipment to certify its safety and legality, ensuring compliance with LOLER regulations.

We handle the schedule for inspecting your lifting equipment for you and will notify you ahead of time when inspections are needed.

More benefits of choosing our professional service include:

  • Statutory plant survey to identify inspection requirements (for an agreed fee).
  • No-obligation quote for the identified LOLER inspection requirements..
  • Inspection Service contract and schedule.
  • Lifting equipment and lifting accessories inspections by friendly, professional engineers, by appointment.
  • Free impartial advice by phone.
  • Immediate feedback if any serious defects are identified,
  • Summary and review of any queries arising from the inspection at the end of the visit.
  • Written reports by email or via our online reporting system.
  • Passenger lift inspection and lift certification.

What Does Lifting Equipment Include?

A LOLER inspection or thorough examination (regulation 9) must be completed on all lifting equipment to comply with lifting regulations.

LOLER defines lifting equipment as any equipment used at work for lifting or lowering loads. This includes attachments for anchoring, fixing, or supporting the equipment.

The test regulations cover a wide range of lifting equipment. This includes:

  • Overhead cranes
  • Fork-lift trucks and pallet trucks
  • Goods lifts and passenger lifts
  • Hoists
  • Mobile elevating work platforms
  • Vehicle inspection platform hoists

The definition of equipment requiring lift certification also includes lifting gear testing and accessories such as chains, slings, eye bolts, etc. We also offer specialist crane inspection services and crane safety testing, covering LOLER and PUWER regs.

LOLER does not include escalators. Escalators have their own rules under the Workplace (Health, Safety, and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

You can find a full list of items requiring LOLER thorough examination/inspection on our Equipment Safety Checklist page.

Indoors orange hydraulic lift with two workers high up wearing protective harnesses and orange hard hats.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should lifting equipment be inspected?

According to LOLER, lifting equipment should undergo regular thorough examinations. The intervals between these examinations depend on the type of equipment and its usage but are generally at least every six or twelve months. At ISI, we'll handle the schedule for inspecting your lifting equipment and notify you ahead of time when inspections are needed.

What are the 3 main principles of LOLER?

The three main principles of LOLER are suitability, strength and stability, and thorough examination.

Can you carry out your own LOLER inspection?

No, LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) requires that thorough examinations of lifting equipment be carried out by competent persons who are independent and impartial, such as ISI.

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