Safe and successful lifting operations depend, in large part, on the continued safety of the lifting equipment and accessories that are used. Failures in this kind of equipment can result in significant or even fatal injuries. Health and safety law therefore places a number of specific obligations on those providing, controlling and using lifting equipment to properly manage these risks.

In addition to the requirements for safe design and construction, all lifting equipment should also be checked and maintained as necessary to keep it safe for use, so employers should ensure that lifting equipment is thoroughly examined (normally once or twice a year but, in some cases, this may be more or less frequent);

When should thorough examinations be carried out?

There are two different types of LOLER thorough examinations, completed at different key points of the life of your equipment, that you need to be aware of – Initial Thorough Examinations and In-Service Thorough Examinations.

Initial Thorough Examination

All lifting equipment needs to be thoroughly examined before it’s put into service for the first time in order to ensure that it’s safe to use. However, there are exemptions to this, and in the cases when your lifting equipment comes with an EC Declaration of Conformity(from 1st January 2022 only a UKCA Declaration of Conformity will be valid), which was issued less than 12 months previously, then the initial examination would be considered satisfied. 

In-Service Thorough Examination

The frequency of in-service examinations would vary depending on the type of the equipment and the level of risk that it poses to operators and the public.

 

To find out more about the LIfting Equipment testing Inspection frequency, view inspection frequencies elow that you might expect to find out across some common non-manufacturing industries together witht eh applicable UK & N Ireland and Replublic of Ireland legislation for each item.  

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CATERING INDUSTRY

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Gain complete peace of mind from a trusted, independent inspection partner. 
  • Expert team of qualified inspection engineers operating nationwide, supported by a central planning team.
  • Enable better planning of inspection programmes to spread costs.

Applicable legislation

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

Typical equipment
  • Service lift/dumbwaiter

    every 12 months

     

  • Goods lift

    every 12 months

     

  • Hoist (e.g. cellar hoist)

    every 12 months

     

CATERING INDUSTRY

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Gain complete peace of mind from a trusted, independent inspection partner. 
  • Expert team of qualified inspection engineers operating nationwide, supported by a central planning team.
  • Enable better planning of inspection programmes to spread costs.

Applicable legislation

S.I. No. 299 of 2007: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Typical equipment
  • Goods lift

    every 6 months
  • Goods lift

    every 6 months
  • Goods lift

    every 6 months

FARMING

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Achieve and maintain compliance with LOLER regulations, helping to ensure the safety of your lifting equipment and personnel.
  • Experienced team with a thorough understanding of all latest regulations.
  • Enable better planning of inspection programmes to spread costs.

Applicable legislation

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

Typical equipment
  • Excavator (all types)

    every 12 months

     

  • Forklift Trucks

    every 12 months

     

  • Jacks including bottle, trolley, transmission

    every 12 months

     

  • Lifting Chains

    every 12 months

     

  • Loading Shovels

    every 12 months

     

  • MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms)

    every 6 months

     

  • Tractor (with front loader)

    every 12 months

     

  • Telehandler

    every 12 months

     

  • Vehicle Lifts

    every 6 months

     

FARMING

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Achieve and maintain compliance with LOLER regulations, helping to ensure the safety of your lifting equipment and personnel.
  • Experienced team with a thorough understanding of all latest regulations.
  • Enable better planning of inspection programmes to spread costs.

Applicable legislation

S.I. No. 299 of 2007: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Typical equipment
  • Excavator (all types)

    every 12 months
  • Forklift Trucks

    every 12 months
  • Jacks including bottle, trolley, transmission

    every 12 months
  • Lifting Chains

    every 12 months
  • Loading Shovels

    every 12 months
  • MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms)

    every 6 months
  • Tractor (with front loader)

    every 12 months
  • Telehandler

    every 12 months
  • Vehicle Lifts

    every 12 months

CONSTRUCTION

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Detection of hazardous conditions before they cause accidents.
  • Reduce repair costs by correcting any defects before the equipment damage occurs.
  • Identify recurring equipment problems so that their causes can be corrected.

Applicable legislation

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

Typical equipment
  • Excavator (all types)

    every 12 months

     

  • Forklift Trucks

    every 12 months

     

  • Hoists

    every 6/12 months

     

  • Lifting Chains

    every 12 months

     

  • MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms)

    every 6 months

     

  • Loading Shovels

    every 12 months

     

  • Telehandler

    every 12 months

     

  • Tower Crane

    every 12 months

     

CONSTRUCTION

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Detection of hazardous conditions before they cause accidents.
  • Reduce repair costs by correcting any defects before the equipment damage occurs.
  • Identify recurring equipment problems so that their causes can be corrected.

Applicable legislation

S.I. No. 299 of 2007: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Typical equipment
  • Excavator (all types)

    every 12 months
  • Forklift Trucks

    every 12 months
  • Hoists

    every 6 months
  • Lifting Chains

    every 12 months
  • MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms)

    every 6 months
  • Loading Shovels

    every 12 months
  • Telehandler

    every 12 months
  • Tower crane

    every 12 months

SCHOOLS

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Increase life of equipment due to regular inspections.
  • Easy detection of hazardous conditions before they cause accidents.
  • Help to identify any conditions which may be dangerous to operators, which are not easily seen during equipment operation.

Applicable legislation

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

Typical equipment
  • Passenger Lifts & Elevators

    every 6 months

     

  • Platform Lifts

    every 6 months

     

  • Wheelcahir & stair lifts

    every 6 months

     

SCHOOLS

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Increase life of equipment due to regular inspections.
  • Easy detection of hazardous conditions before they cause accidents.
  • Help to identify any conditions which may be dangerous to operators, which are not easily seen during equipment operation.

Applicable legislation

S.I. No. 299 of 2007: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Typical equipment
  • Passenger Lifts & Elevators

    every 6 months
  • Platform Lifts

    every 6 months
  • Wheelcahir & stair lifts

    every 6 months

LEISURE FACILITIES

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Detection of hazardous conditions before they cause accidents.
  • Reduce repair costs by correcting any defects before the equipment damage occurs.
  • Identify recurring equipment problems so that their causes can be corrected.

Applicable legislation

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

Typical equipment
  • Crane

    every 12 months

     

  • Escalator

    every 6 months

     

  • General lifting support equipment

    every 12 months

     

  • Passenger & Stair Lifts

    every 6 months

     

  • Pallet Trucks

    every 12 months

     

LEISURE FACILITIES

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Detection of hazardous conditions before they cause accidents.
  • Reduce repair costs by correcting any defects before the equipment damage occurs.
  • Identify recurring equipment problems so that their causes can be corrected.

Applicable legislation

S.I. No. 299 of 2007: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Typical equipment
  • Crane

    every 12 months
  • Escalator

    every 6 months
  • General lifting support equipment

    every 12 months
  • Passenger & Stair Lifts

    every 6 months
  • Pallet Trucks

    every 12 months

RETAIL

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Increase life of equipment due to regular inspections.
  • Gain complete peace of mind from a trusted, independent inspection partner. 
  • Help to identify any conditions which may be dangerous to operators, which are not easily seen during equipment operation.

Applicable legislation

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

Typical equipment
  • Forklift Trucks

    every 12 months

     

  • Goods & Service Lifts

    every 12 months

     

  • MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms)

    every 6 months

     

  • Passenger Lifts

    every 6 months

     

  • Pallet Trucks

    every 12 months

     

RETAIL

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Increase life of equipment due to regular inspections.
  • Gain complete peace of mind from a trusted, independent inspection partner. 
  • Help to identify any conditions which may be dangerous to operators, which are not easily seen during equipment operation.

Applicable legislation

S.I. No. 299 of 2007: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Typical equipment
  • Forklift Trucks

    every 12 months
  • Goods & service Lifts

    every 6 months
  • MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms)

    every 6 months
  • Passenger Lifts

    every 6 months
  • Pallet Trucks

    every 12 months

MOTOR INDUSTRY

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Detection of hazardous conditions before they cause accidents.
  • Reduce repair costs by correcting any defects before the equipment damage occurs.
  • Identify recurring equipment problems so that their causes can be corrected.

Applicable legislation

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

Typical equipment
  • Chain Blocks (Manual) & Winches

    every 12 months

     

  • Engine hoists and manual cranes

    every 12 months

     

  • Lifting Jacks incl bottle and trolley

    every 12 months

     

  • Vehicle Lifts

    every 6 months

     

MOTOR INDUSTRY

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Detection of hazardous conditions before they cause accidents.
  • Reduce repair costs by correcting any defects before the equipment damage occurs.
  • Identify recurring equipment problems so that their causes can be corrected.

Applicable legislation

S.I. No. 299 of 2007: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Typical equipment
  • Chain Blocks (Manual) & Winches

    every 12 months
  • Engine hoists and manual cranes

    every 12 months
  • Lifting Jacks incl bottle and trolley

    every 12 months
  • Vehicle Lifts

    every 12 months

WAREHOUSES

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Achieve and maintain compliance with LOLER regulations, helping to ensure the safety of your lifting equipment and personnel.
  • Experienced team with a thorough understanding of all latest regulations.
  • Enable better planning of inspection programmes to spread costs.

Applicable legislation

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

Typical equipment
  • Conveyor System

    every 12 months

     

  • Forklift Trucks

    every 12 months

     

  • Lifting Accessories

    every 6 months

     

  • Lifting machine attachments (forklift truck attachment)

    every 12 months

     

  • MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms)

    every 6 months

     

  • Pallet Trucks

    every 12 months

     

  • Telehandler

    every 12 months

     

  • Vehicle Lifts

    every 6 months

     

WAREHOUSES

Benefits of choosing Dynamic Safety for Lifting Equipment Inspections

  • Achieve and maintain compliance with LOLER regulations, helping to ensure the safety of your lifting equipment and personnel.
  • Experienced team with a thorough understanding of all latest regulations.
  • Enable better planning of inspection programmes to spread costs.

Applicable legislation

S.I. No. 299 of 2007: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Typical equipment
  • Conveyor System

    every 12 months
  • Forklift Trucks

    every 12 months
  • Lifting Accessories

    every 6 months
  • Lifting machine attachments (forklift truck attachment)

    every 12 months
  • MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms)

    every 6 months
  • Pallet Trucks

    every 12 months
  • Telehandler

    every 12 months
  • Vehicle Lifts

    every 12 months