Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)

Official Reference

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By Ryan Dickey, Wallula Junction

UK Statutory Instrument:  S.I. 2307

Date of Enforcement

In force since 5 December 1998


The LOLER 1998 regulations combined and replaced a number of ‘old’ lifting equipment regulations such as the Construction (Lifting Operations) Regulations 1961, the Docks Regulations 1988 and the Lifting Plant and Equipment (Records of Test and Examination etc) Regulations 1992. In addition to the requirements of LOLER, lifting equipment is also subject to the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

What does LOLER require?

The Regulations require that lifting equipment provided for use at work is:

  • strong and stable enough for the particular use and marked to indicate safe working loads;
  • positioned and installed to minimise any risks;
  • used safely, ie the work is planned, organised and performed by competent people; and
  • subject to ongoing thorough examination and, where appropriate, inspection by competent people such as HPi.

Lifting equipment includes any equipment used at work for lifting or lowering loads, including attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it. The Regulations cover a wide range of equipment including cranes, fork-lift trucks, lifts, hoists, mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). The definition also includes lifting accessories such as chains, slings, eyebolts, wire ropes, etc.

Statutory Thorough examinations

Before lifting equipment (including accessories) is used for the first time, it is thoroughly examined. Lifting equipment may need to be thoroughly examined in use at periods specified in the Regulations (i.e. at least six-monthly for accessories and equipment used for lifting people and, at a minimum, annually for all other equipment) or at intervals laid down in an examination scheme drawn up by a competent person.

All examination work should be performed by a competent person; and following a thorough examination or inspection of any lifting equipment, a report is submitted by the competent person to the employer to take the appropriate action.


HPi Verification Services possess long standing experience in the examination and testing requirements for lifting plant and lifts operating in all industries. This involves the execution of activities such as:

  • written schemes of examination
  • periodic inspection
  • design verification
  • technical auditing
  • interpretation of current regulations

Under new regulations for the safe use of lifting equipment Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations1998 (LOLER), the matter of how and when thorough examinations and test inspections should be applied is determined by a competent person in the form of a written scheme of examination. This is a function based on the degree of risk that could arise from failure of lifting equipment involved.
Our team of engineering experts has the necessary technical expertise and legal knowledge to handle all risk assessment, examination and testing needs appropriate to your lifting equipment whether for statutory or general safety purposes.

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations – Practical Solutions

  • Engineering risk assessment
  • Safety audits and working procedures
  • Risk management audits
  • Accident investigations and reporting
  • De-commissioning studies
  • Examinations
  • Compilation and certification of written schemes of examination
  • Examinations of all lifting machines and tackle
  • Examinations of lifts and hoists
  • Reporting
  • Maintenance of database records
  • Testing
  • Proof load testing of lifting appliances
  • Commissioning tests on lift installations
  • Provision of certificates appropriate to the ruling legislation
  • Design
  • Analysis of and checking design for new equipment

For more information, here’s the link to the HSE Approved Code of Practice.

Next Steps

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