LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) aim to reduce risks to people’s Health & Safety from lifting equipment provided for use at work and ensure the equipment is fit for purpose.
What is LOLER?
LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) is a government regulation that came into force on 5th December 1998, alongside the Provision of and Use of Working Equipment Regulations 1998 to implement the EU’s Amending Directive to the Use of Work Equipment Directive.
The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment regulations cover a wide range of equipment including cranes, forklift trucks, goods and passenger lifts, hoists, mobile elevating work platforms and vehicle inspection platform hoists.
The idea behind LOLER is to reduce the risks to people’s health and safety from lifting equipment provided for use at work. In order to comply with LOLER, you need to make sure that your forklift trucks are thoroughly inspected and examined every twelve months. 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 Regulations will apply to you. Therefore, you need to ensure that in using any lifting equipment the requirements of LOLER are met.
Hiremech and LOLER inspections
As part of our dedicated service for our customers, we issue LOLER inspections to ensure the equipment is safe to use.
Our helpful engineers will conduct the inspection and notify the customer if there are any further parts required, meaning there will be no hidden or extra charges without consent from the customer.
Below we have outlined exactly what is involved in a LOLER inspection, who it applies to and why you need to have one.
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What LOLER requires forklift trucks to be:
- Strong enough for their use
- Marked to indicate safe working loads
- Positioned and installed to minimise any risks
- Used safely so that the work is planned, organise and performed by those competent in operating forklift trucks
- Subject to ongoing thorough examination and inspection by competent people (like Hiremech’s qualified engineers)
Who does LOLER apply to?
If you are an employer or self-employed person providing lifting equipment (like forklift trucks) for use at work, or you have control of the use of lifting equipment, then the regulations will apply to you. Therefore it is important to make sure that the meet the criteria outlined in the bullet points above.
It is your responsibility and duty to ensure that you meet the requirements outlined by LOLER.
What happens if you don’t comply?
If you fail to meet the requirements of the regulations, then you could be putting yourself and your staff at risk. Enforcement action may be taken against you and your company. LOLER is enforced by health and safety inspectors who can visit your business at any time.
Rather than face an expensive fine or put your staff at risk from harm, comply with LOLER by having your trucks checked every twelve months by our highly qualified engineers.
Our LOLER inspections
Competent individuals must carry out the inspection and examination of your forklift trucks. Our team of expert engineers have more than twenty years’ experience working with forklift trucks and are therefore the best people to carry out the job.
Working with Hiremech, you will have the peace of mind that your LOLER inspections are being carried out by qualified professionals that can also provide you with the necessary parts and repairs if anything is found to be wrong with your forklift trucks.
We will send out one of our friendly and professional engineers by appointment to your work place, to carry out the inspection at a time that is most convenient for you. After inspecting your forklifts, they will provide immediate feedback of any serious defects that they have identified. We can then work with you to get these resolved to ensure your forklifts are compliant with LOLER.
According to the regulations, the individual carrying out the inspection is required to inform the owner of the equipment about any problems in person and then proceed to provide a written account of the issues. Our engineers will provide you with a summary and a review of any queries that arose from the inspection at the end of our visit. They will then proceed to write a full report on your forklift truck inspection, which you can use for your records.
How much do LOLER inspections cost?
Our LOLER inspections are offered at a fixed price, so you needn’t worry about hidden or extra charges. If after the initial inspection, we find something wrong with your forklift truck, we will suggest what repairs need to be made and the parts you will need to purchase, so you can decide whether you want us to go ahead with sourcing and fitting them. We will never carry out any additional work without gaining consent from you, the customer.