Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
You may not already be aware of LOLER and what it means to you. However, if you work in an industry that involves heavy lifting, it’s vitally important to understand what the regulations mean. LOLER stands for the Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, a series of regulations created under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The UK government implemented the regulations to combat the risk of injury in the workplace for roles involving lifting equipment. Any job that requires equipment to lift or lower objects is defined under these regulations and it includes any attachments used to anchor, fix or support the equipment.
If you are an employer or self-employed providing lifting equipment at work or if you have control of the use of lifting equipment, it is your legal obligation to maintain said equipment. The Lifting Operations Equipment Regulations (LOLER) will apply to you. For instance, if your vehicle has a tail lift for handling goods, then you must ensure the lift is up to LOLER standards. The regulations list several requirements that must be achieved, and these are examined through regular LOLER inspections. Ultimately, LOLER aims to ensure that equipment is maintained and safe to use, and that trained employees operate the equipment in a suitable manner.
We do not only carry out LOLER inspections on tail lifts. We also cover any piece of operating equipment that is required to comply with the LOLER regulations. Don’t hesitate to contact us for further details.
How Often Should You Undertake a LOLER Inspection?
The issue of whether a business meets the standards required of LOLER is determined by regular inspections. Equipment deteriorates over time and personnel and procedures can often change, so a one-off inspection is inadequate. The frequency of an inspection varies depending on certain criteria. At minimum, equipment used for lifting/lowering persons and accessories should be tested every six months. Any other equipment should be tested at least every 12 months. The times may also differ should a competent person provide a different time scale. Performing a LOLER inspection is a legal requirement and it should only be carried out by a competent person.
What Does a LOLER Inspection Include?
Extensive check to ensure lift is fit for purpose & appropriately marked
Establish correct procedures are being used safely
Subject to statutory periodic thoroughly examined
Consequences of Avoiding an Inspection
Failing to carry out regular LOLER inspections can lead to severe consequences. The regulations are in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone, including the general public. If you don’t take the necessary steps to thoroughly examine the use of heavy lifting equipment at your workplace, you can be held responsible should a serious injury occur. Breaching the regulations can lead to heavy fines which can be extremely damaging to your business and hurt your reputation. In more serious cases it can even lead to imprisonment.
Examples of Punishment for LOLER Accidents
LOLER was brought in to reduce the risk of workplace accidents by implementing serious punishments for businesses who fail to meet the regulations. As well as dealing with the death or serious injury of a person, businesses face fines and possible imprisonment.
In 2016 a company director was sentenced to jail for 12 months, ordered to pay £4,000 and disqualified from registering as a director for seven years. The director was judged to be responsible for the death of an employee who died when a spider lift overturned on him. The employee did not receive adequate training and no risk assessment was put in place.
In 2018 a port operating company was fined £300,000 due to an accident that left an employee with serious injuries. The employee was hurt by a load falling and sustained multiple fractures, lacerations, ligament reconstruction and more injuries which left him unable to return to work. In 2019 a large electrical company was fined £334,000 following the death of a crane operator. The business was found to have not provided adequate training to the operator and failed to ensure the lift was properly planned and supervised.
Make sure you don't fall foul of the LOLER regulations. Get an inspection today and avoid a costly consequence.
Why Choose P. Airey for LOLER Inspections?
By choosing P. Airey for your LOLER inspections, you will be taking the necessary steps to ensuring your business is compliant with the regulations. Our engineers are fully qualified to carry out the inspection, making sure that your safety standards are at the highest level. We possess decades of experience and are committed to delivering a professional service. We offer mobile coverage and can perform a LOLER inspection anywhere in the North West and North Wales.
If your business involves operating a pallet truck, please visit our page on pallet truck LOLER inspections.