Generally, the LOLER Regulations require that lifting equipment provided for use at work is:
Positioned and installed to minimise any risks;
Strong and stable enough for the particular use and marked to indicate safe working loads;
Used safely, i.e. the work is planned, organised and performed by competent staff
Lifting equipment is subject to ongoing thorough examination and, where appropriate, inspected by competent people, such as PB Training Services Limited.
A LOLER inspection or thorough examination (LOLER regulation 9) must be completed on all lifting equipment to comply with LOLER. The LOLER definition of lifting equipment includes any equipment used at work for lifting or lowering loads, including attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it.
The LOLER test regulations cover a wide range of equipment including, overhead cranes, fork-lift trucks, goods lifts and passenger lifts, hoists, mobile elevating work platforms, and 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.
LOLER does not apply to escalators, these are covered by more specific legislation, i.e. the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
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