Pallet Truck LOLER Inspections

The Health & Safety Executive has updated its Approved Code of Practice to clarify that LOLER applies to pallet trucks (manual & powered).



What is My Legal Responsibility?

If you are an employer or self-employed person providing lifting equipment for use at work, or you have control of the use of lifting equipment, then the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) will apply to you. The work should be planned, organised and performed by properly trained people. Pallet Trucks should be subject to ongoing thorough examination by a competent person. Records should be kept.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a LOLER thorough examination?

This is a detailed examination of the Pallet Truck components to ensure it is safe for continued use.


Who enforces the regulations?

Health and Safety Inspectors from the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) and local authorities enforce these regulations.


What happens if I don’t carry out LOLER examinations?

You could be subject to enforcement action including being fined in a court of law. It is a legal requirement that you have a current report of thorough examination (STE) for the Pallet Truck


How often does my Pallet Truck need a LOLER?

It is a requirement of legislation that Pallet Trucks are regularly examined at a frequency of no more than six months apart.

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