LOLER requires that all lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner. LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task and suitably marked, with evidenced maintenance records and any defects reported.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) offers the following advice for businesses or organisations undertaking lifting operations that they must:
The LOLER regulations cover any lifting equipment used at work, however some equipment is not considered lifting equipment and so is not subject to LOLER’s specific provisions but when used at work the Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) still apply.
‘Lifting equipment’ means work equipment for lifting and lowering loads. The definition includes attachments used to anchor, fix or support the equipment (e.g. the runway of an overhead crane).
‘Accessory for lifting’ means lifting equipment for attaching loads to machinery for lifting.
Lifting equipment covered under LOLER includes:
In accordance with LOLER standards, all workplace lifting equipment should be positioned or installed in such a way as to reduce the risk, as far as is reasonably practicable, of the equipment or load striking a person, or of the load drifting, falling freely or being unintentionally released.
All equipment must also be appropriately marked, the HSE advises:
A competent person:
Before any lifting operation, LOLER requires that any foreseeable risks involved in the work are identified and that the appropriate resources (including people) necessary for safe completion are appropriately allocated.
The plan needs to clearly set out the actions involved at each stage of the operation and identify the responsibilities of those involved. The degree of planning and complexity of the plan will vary and should be proportionate to the foreseeable risks involved in the work.
According to HSE, factors to consider may include:
Yes, you must keep records of all thorough examinations and inspections for all your lifting equipment as set out in the this table.
The competent person undertaking your inspections under the provisions of LOLER must provide you with a written report of thorough examination and any inspections or tests they do. The report will identify if there are defects and what you must do to put them right.