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LOLER is aimed at ensuring that all lifting operations are properly planned, that lifting equipment is used in a safe manner, and that it is thoroughly examined for safety.
What the law says
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require “all employers to assess the risks to employees and any others who may be affected by their undertaking, to enable them to identify measures necessary to comply with their duties under health & safety law”.
Employers and the self-employed have a responsibility under LOLER to ensure:
The rules aim to reduce risks to people’s health and safety from lifting equipment provided for use at work.
In addition to the requirements of LOLER, lifting equipment is subject to the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).
What kit should be examined?
How often is an examination required?
Every 12 months unless the lifting equipment is being used to lift people, in which case the equipment (which includes forklift working platforms) must be examined every six months.