LOLER

What is a LOLER?

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, otherwise known as LOLER or Lifting Equipment Inspection is a detailed examination of lifting equipment that is carried out by a competent person. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations requires that all operations relating to lifting equipment must be accurately planned by a competent person, supervised appropriately and carried out in a safe manner to prevent the risk of injury. LOLER also requires that all equipment involved with lifting should be fit for purpose, appropriate for the job and suitably marked, with maintenance records and any damages reported.

Where does LOLER apply?

LOLER applies every time lifting equipment is used in the workplace, regardless of whether the equipment is owned by you or not. To comply with LOLER, the lifting equipment must have passed a thorough examination by a competent person. It must be marked with its Safe Working Load, as well as any characteristics that might affect the safe use of the equipment.

How often do I need a LOLER Inspection?

To comply with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, the lifting equipment must have passed a thorough examination by a competent person and received a LOLER certificate. Thorough examinations should be carried out within the following timescale:

  • 6 months - for lifting equipment and any accessories used to lift people.

  • 6 months - for all lifting accessories

  • 12 months - for all other lifting equipment

What requires a LOLER Inspection?

Lifting equipment includes any equipment used in the workplace for lifting loads or lowering loads. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations cover any lifting equipment used in the workplace, although some equipment is not considered as lifting equipment and therefore not subject to LOLER.

LOLER covers a wide range of equipment including:

  • Forklifts trucks

  • Lifts

  • Hoists

  • Cranes

  • Mobile elevating work platforms

  • Vehicle inspection platform hoists

  • Scissor lifts

LOLER regulations also cover lifting accessories including:

  • Chains

  • Slings

  • Ropes

  • Eyebolts