LOLER Inspections

What is a LOLER inspection?

LOLER stands for “Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998”. These regulations were created under the Health and Safety at Work Act with the aim to reduce the risk of injury from using lifting equipment at work.

LOLER regulations apply to people and companies who operate or have control over lifting equipment, whether they own the equipment or not.  

A LOLER inspection involves a “thorough examination” of the equipment in question to ensure it is fit for purpose and safe to use. The inspections must be carried out by a competent person and any defects must be reported to the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.

Lifting equipment used at work also comes under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). PUWER requires that all equipment provided for use at work is suitable and safe for the intended use, is used by adequately trained people, is maintained correctly and is accompanied by suitable health and safety measures.
Lifting equipment must comply with both PUWER and LOLER regulations, which include extra requirements specific to lifting equipment.

Helpful Links (Correct as of April 2022)
Guidance on the HSE website on LOLER regulations
Download the HSE LOLER regulations PDF
HSE Work Equipment and Machinery Resources

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Why are LOLER inspections important?

LOLER inspections are a legal requirement and are part of managing the safe condition of mobile elevating work platforms.

LOLER inspections should be carried out every:

  • 6 months (maximum) for lifting equipment and any associated accessories used to lift people
  • 6 months for all lifting accessories
  • 12 months for all other lifting equipment

Any defects or problems with the equipment that could prevent it from working correctly need to be reported and resolved before any further use. This reduces the risk of injury to the operator and can prevent prolonged downtime of the machine.

Who is responsible for LOLER compliance?

If you own a piece of powered access equipment or manage a building which includes powered access, you are considered as the “duty holder”. You are therefore responsible for the regular maintenance and repairs including LOLER inspections, in accordance with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, to ensure the equipment is safe to use.

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Who can carry out LOLER inspections?

The LOLER Approved Code of Practice and guidance 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.” Source

Our technicians who carry out LOLER inspections have been trained to industry standards, and have achieved the IPAF CAP qualification. They have the specialist knowledge needed to carry out inspections on all types of powered access, regardless of manufacturer.

LOLER Testing - Booms
Boom Lift LOLER Inspections
APS LOLER Testing - low level
Low Level Access LOLER Inspections

What does a LOLER inspection involve?

LOLER inspections involve a detailed examination, by a competent person, of the machine to ensure all its parts function correctly. Measurements of wear and tear are recorded to be monitored over time.

Take a look here at what's included in a spider lift LOLER inspection.

For what's included in a scissor lift LOLER inspection, click here.

What areas do you cover? Our technicians can travel nationwide to carry out LOLER inspections at your premises.

Are LOLER inspections included in the APS service plans?

Yes, our fixed price service plans not only offer great value but also take the hassle out of routine servicing and maintenance, giving you peace of mind that your access platform is legally compliant under the LOLER 98 regulations and PUWER regulations.

Any problems can be picked up early before they become costly and put the platform out of action.

There are no hidden costs - the price is inclusive of labour, travel time, mileage and any relevant consumables detailed in the service plan.

Service plans can be tailored to suit your requirements, give us a call on 01480 891251 to find out more.

Typical Service Plan

  • 2 x 6 monthly LOLER 98 Thorough Examination visits
  • 2 x 6 monthly services of equipment
  • Service includes all consumables (filters, oils, greases, battery top up)
  • Labour, travel & mileage – no hidden costs
  • Engineers inspection report
  • Estimate for remedial repairs from service and LOLER examination
  • Report of Thorough Examination (LOLER 98) for the contracted period
  • Pay monthly at no additional charge

Has Brexit affected LOLER regulations?

Even though the UK has left the EU, LOLER regulations remain in place and need to be adhered to.

The HSE website advises however that there are changes to the requirements of placing work equipment and machinery on the UK and EU markets. .

Let APS remind you when your machine is due a LOLER inspection

Struggle to keep on top of when your access platform needs a LOLER test? Let us remind you when your LOLER test is due.

Get in touch with us via the form below and we can arrange for a reminder to be sent to you via email or text message.


Why Choose Us?

Benefit from manufacturer & CAP-trained service engineers

OEM and after-market parts with 12 months warranty

Fixed-cost affordable service plans, so you can manage your costs

Nationwide network of fast response fully-equipped service vans