Under LOLER (Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations) lifting equipment should be examined every 12 months and lifting accessories should be examined every 6 months. Examinations can only be carried out by a competent person and all equipment/accessories that pass the examination will be supplied with a Report of Thorough Examination which should to be retained for your records.
As defined by the HSE, safe and successful lifting operations depend, in large part, on the continued safety of the lifting equipment and accessories that are used. In addition to the requirements for safe design and construction, all lifting equipment should also be checked and maintained as necessary to keep it safe for use:
These checks are necessary to verify that the lifting equipment and safety critical parts, carried out at specific intervals by a competent person who must then complete a written report, known as a ‘Report of Thorough Examination’. The information must contain the required information as set out in the LOLER Schedule, which includes:
The term ‘competent person’ is not a legal term, it's used within the LOLER regulations and is defined within the LOLER Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (paragraph 294) and it states:
‘You should ensure that the person carrying out a thorough examination has such appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment’.
The competent person should not be the same person who undertakes routine maintenance of the equipment as they would then be responsible for assessing their own maintenance work which would be a conflict of interests that affect the integrity of the examination.
Hoist UK have a team of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) qualified, experienced and competent engineers who are able to carry out LOLER examinations and provide a report of thorough examination for equipment and accessories that pass their examination.