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What does LOLER stand for?


LOLER stands for Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations. It is a set of regulations implemented by the UK government in 1998 to govern the use of lifting equipment in the workplace. The regulations require that all lifting operations are planned, supervised, and carried out in a safe manner to protect employees and the public from harm.

The regulations apply to all businesses that use lifting equipment and require employers to ensure that all lifting equipment is properly maintained, inspected, and tested to ensure it is safe for use. Employers are also required to provide their employees with adequate training and instruction on the safe use of lifting equipment.

The LOLER regulations were introduced to help reduce the number of workplace accidents and fatalities caused using lifting equipment. By ensuring that all lifting operations are properly planned and supervised, and that all equipment is maintained and inspected to a high standard, the regulations help to safeguard employees and members of the public from harm.

Here are some examples of the types of equipment and lifting operations that fall under LOLER regulations:

  • Cranes

Any type of crane, whether it is a tower crane, mobile crane, or overhead crane, must be inspected and maintained to ensure it is safe for use. This includes regular checks of the crane’s mechanical components, as well as checks of the operator’s controls and safety devices.

  • Hoists

This includes any type of lifting equipment that is used to lift and move loads vertically, like chain hoists, electric hoists, and manual hoists. Employers must ensure that hoists are inspected and tested regularly to make certain they are safe for use.

  • Forklift trucks

Forklift trucks are commonly used in warehouses and other workplaces to move heavy loads. LOLER regulations require that forklift trucks are properly maintained and inspected as well as confirming that forklift truck operators are adequately trained and competent.

  • Suspended access equipment

This includes any type of equipment that is used to access high-level work areas, such as scaffold towers, cherry pickers, and mobile elevated work platforms. Again, in addition to ensuring that these types of equipment are inspected and maintained to a high standard, operators must also be adequately trained.

  • Lifting accessories

This includes any type of lifting accessory that is used in conjunction with lifting equipment, such as slings, chains, and shackles.

What Should a LOLER Inspection Cover?

Part of LOLER regulations includes regular and thorough inspections. A LOLER Inspection includes:

  • Use of equipment.
  • Suitability of equipment.
  • Positioning and installation.
  • Strength and stability.
  • Organisation of lifting operations.
  • Marking lifting equipment.
  • Equipment for lifting people.
  • Attaching, detaching, and securing loads.

The LOLER regulations are an important aspect of workplace health and safety, and employers have a legal obligation to comply with them. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in legal action, fines, and even imprisonment in serious cases, as well as putting employees in harm’s way.

Please contact us for any advice on LOLER regulations, or any of your health and safety needs.