Inspections & Tests

The Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) are set of regulations created under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 which came into force in Great Britain on 5 December 1998 and replaced a number of other pieces of legislation which covered the use of lifting equipment. The purpose of the regulations was to reduce the risk of injury from lifting equipment used at work. Areas covered in the regulations include the requirement for lifting equipment to be strong and stable enough for safe use and to be marked to indicate safe working loads; ensuring that any equipment is positioned and installed so as to minimise risks; that the equipment is used safely ensuring that work is planned, organised and performed by a competent person; that equipment is subject to ongoing thorough examination and where appropriate, inspection by competent people.

These inspections should be carried out at 6 month intervals for all lifting items and 12 months for those that could be covered by  although depending on the equipments age and functionality this may deem different time scales:

Standards state that as a minimum:

  • Every six months for lifting equipment used for lifting/lowering persons.
  • Every six months for lifting accessories.
  • Every 12 months for all other lifting equipment not falling into either of the above categories
  • A competent person may deem different time scale
Common equipment LOLER Frequency

Hover over each image to find out the frequency advised.

Equipment for lifting persons and man riding

Hiab Cranes (0-6 years old*)

Fork lift trucks

Muck-Away cranes are included in this section.

Every 6 months

Lifting accessories

(Chains, Shackles, Fall Arrests)

Every 6 Months

*Cranes 6+ years are advised to inspect every 6 months.

Every 12 Months

Vehicle mounted lifts

Every 12 Months

Every 6 Months

(or as per risk assessment)

Garage vehicle lifts

Every 6 Months

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