LOLER Inspection

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    Our LOLER Inspection Service

    Under the LOLER (Regulation 9) all duty holders providing lifting equipment and lifting accessories for use at work must ensure that it’s inspected up to a standard so that it does not deteriorate to an unsafe condition and result in accidents.

    At British Engineering Services, our nationwide service covers the full range of lifting equipment and lifting accessories testing & inspection – from competent person risk assessments to LOLER thorough examination and inspection, as well as any other tests that may be required. Our LOLER test service includes: witnessing and certifying load testing, strength testing, stability testing and more. A lifting equipment technical advice service is also available.

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    Crane block inspection

    Our people

    We pride ourselves in retaining and recruiting the best Engineer Surveyors and Consultant Engineers in the business – those with both on-the-job experience and qualifications to ensure that they are highly competent in their role.

    Our fast and efficient LOLER inspection services offer complete national coverage, with over 450 engineering professionals across the UK, working to ensure your equipment is cared for anywhere, at any time. 

    With one of our team members on site, you also have the security of knowing that they will not only inspect your equipment, but also undertake their work in an independent manner, with complete impartiality and without ‘fear or favour’.

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    Passenger lift inspection

    LOLER Regulations

    What and when:

    As a duty holder, you have an obligation to ensure that all lifting equipment and lifting accessories are safe. The LOLER Regulations address specific risks associated with the use of lifting equipment in the workplace. They require that lifting equipment is positioned and installed correctly, it is suitable for its intended purpose and any work is planned and completed in a safe manner by competent staff.

    Thorough examination and inspection are key requirements under LOLER and in order for duty holders to meet these regulations, they must ensure not only that lifting equipment undergoes regular examinations, but also all supplementary inspections and tests recommended by the competent person are carried out within the timescale stated. To find out more about your obligations under LOLER, download our free guide here.

    Thorough Examination and Inspection:

    A thorough examination is a systematic and detailed inspection carried out by a competent person. The examination aims to identify any defects that might endanger the user’s, or the public’s, safety.

    Lifting equipment must be thoroughly examined before using it for the first time, after assembly and before use at each location when safety depends on the installation conditions, as well as regularly while it is in service. Regular examinations can be undertaken either at regular intervals, such as 6 or 12 months, depending on the type of the equipment, or in accordance with an examination scheme.

    Conveyor belts


    While LOLER covers all lifting equipment and lifting accessories, such as equipment for attaching loads to machinery for lifting, there are a number of exceptions that don’t fall under the regulations, such as equipment whose principal function is not lifting (conveyor belts, pallets, skips, ladles, etc.). However, while these items may not be covered under LOLER, you still have duties under Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) to ensure their safety and suitability.

    Why BES?

    Why choose British Engineering Services?

    Under LOLER provisions you need to ensure that all your testing and examinations are completed by a competent person that has the appropriate practical/theoretical knowledge and experience of the inspected lifting equipment.

    At British Engineering Services we have placed safety and compliance at the core of everything we do. By choosing us, you can be assured that:

    • You will receive a truly independent and impartial service which is not influenced by other parties associated with the design, manufacture or repair of inspected equipment
    • Equipment examinations will be completed by Engineers Surveyors whose competence exceeds the minimum standards defined by regulatory and accreditation requirements
    • The quality of service you receive will be continually assessed as part of our quality assurance programme which also includes a continual review and assessment of the effectiveness of our internal policies, processes and training procedures
    • Our service delivery will be subject to stringent quality checking and internal audit activities, particularly in relation to the delivery of our on-site examinations; and
    • Your feedback will be proactively sought in order to assist us in continuing to improve our quality of service
    Accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

    Our accreditations

    We are proud to be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) as a 'Type A' Inspection Body in accordance with ISO/IEC 17020, the international standard that defines the requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection. In addition to having an industry leading suite of external engineering certifications and accreditations, we are also the founding members of a number of prestigious industry bodies and trade associations. We also contribute to standards development by sitting on a number of national and international standards committees – testament to the importance we place on ensuring that our people and processes keep our customers’ equipment safe and compliant with regulatory requirements.


    Over the many years that we've been providing LOLER inspection and testing services, we found that we often get asked the following questions by our clients. Click here to send us your question, if you can't find what you're looking for. 

    Who does the LOLER regulations apply to?
    We often come across companies that are unsure whether the LOLER regulations apply to their equipment and operations and exactly what their responsibilities are. This can lead to a number of serious non-compliance issues, failure and even prosecution.
    How to record and keep information under LOLER?

    Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998 you have an obligation as an employer to be aware of the information that needs to be recorded during your thorough examinations and about the timescales that these records and other documents need to kept for and of appropriate places for keeping them.

    Effective record keeping will assist you with the appropriate management of your lifting equipment and help you prove to the relevant authorities that you have take all necessary measures to ensure the compliance and safety of your equipment and your employees who are using it for their work activities.

    Do escalators need to undergo a LOLER inspection?

    Escalators, or moving walkways, don’t fall under the LOLER regulations. But while they still need to undergo regular inspections, which may not necessarily go under the name of a LOLER inspection in the strict sense of the term.

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    Are manual pallet trucks covered by LOLER?

    The release of the second edition of The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) in 2014, raised concerns in the industry about the interpretation of paragraph 28(c) and whether this meant that manual pallet trucks would now be subject to LOLER inspection requirements.

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    Are waste skips and hook loaders subject to LOLER?

    Hook Loader Vehicles that utilise roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) type hook mechanisms to load and unload specially designed skips or containers were not considered to fall under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) and instead were subject to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Operations 1998 (PUWER). However, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recently indicated that these RoRo Hook Loader systems should be subject to the requirements of a LOLER inspection.

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    Is theatre stage equipment subject to LOLER?

    Theatre equipment, such as cameras & lighting booms, lift and lower as part of their operation. They, therefore, have the potential to result in catastrophic and fatal injuries if they collapse during operation. However, several factors need to be considered when determining whether such equipment is ‘general work equipment’ or ‘lifting equipment’ that should be subject to a thorough examination. However, it's often confusing know whether the equipment requires a PUWER or LOLER inspection.

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