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Thorough examination of lifting equipment

A simple guide for employers


Employers or self-employed people providing lifting equipment for use at work, or those who have control of the use of lifting equipment, must make sure the lifting equipment is safe. The main requirements for 'duty holders' are in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). This leaflet provides advice on the options under LOLER relating to the requirement for thorough examination and inspection of lifting equipment and includes the benefits of having an 'examination scheme'. However, this does not replace the necessity for operators to carry out checks to lifting equipment and accessories before use. Contents: Introduction; What does LOLER require; What equipment is covered by LOLER? What equipment is not covered by LOLER? What is thorough examination? Who is a 'competent' person? How often must lifting equipment and accessories be thoroughly examined? What is an examination scheme? When should lifting equipment be inspected? Do I need to have the non-lifting parts of the equipment inspected? Are thorough examinations or inspections the same as routine maintenance? Do I need to keep records? What happens if defects are found in the lifting equipment? Other duties; Find out more.


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10 pages
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Thorough examination of lifting equipment
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