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 LOLERregulations, which include extra requirements specific to lifting equipment.
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.
What happens if you don't follow LOLER Regulations?
LOLER examinations are a legal requirement when working with powered access platforms. Failure to comply with the “Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998” can result in fines, imprisonment and the biggest cost of all, serious injury and death. The consequences of not complying with LOLER regulations can be severe, affecting the operation of your business and reputation in the industry, so they need to be taken seriously. The construction industry continues to have significantly higher workplace injury rates compared to other industries. Common causes of workplace injuries are, injuries from being struck by moving objects, injuries from handling, lifting and carrying and of course, falls from height. The risk of injury can be significantly reduced with proper planning, risk assessment and ensuring equipment is fit for use. Ensure you are LOLER compliant and book your LOLER examination with APS today on 01480 891251.
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 hse.gov.uk
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 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.
For what's included in a spider lift LOLER inspection, click here.
For what's included in a boom lift LOLER inspection, click here.
For what's included in a scissor lift LOLER inspection, click here.
For what's included in a low level access LOLER inspection, click here.
What areas do you cover? Our technicians can travel nationwide to carry out LOLER inspections at your premises.
What are the lifting equipments does the LOLER test inspection covers?
LOLER inspections cover lifting equipment that is used at work. The LOLER definition of lifting equipment is “work equipment used for lifting and lowering loads. This includes lifting accessories and attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting the equipment.”
Examples of types of lifting equipment:
Motor vehicle lifts
Goods and passenger lifts
APS only carry out LOLER inspections on mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) such as boom lifts, scissor lifts, low level access and telehandlers. Call 01480 891251 to speak to our team and book your LOLER inspection.
How to prepare for a LOLER inspection
In order for a LOLER inspection to be carried successfully, it's a good idea to be prepared.
Ensure you have a copy of the previous LOLER inspection or documents showing the history of the platform.
The platform to be inspected needs to be clean.
All accessories that will be used with the platform need to be available for inspection.
The platform needs to be fully accessible, with adequate space for the inspector to move around the platform.
Allow enough time for the LOLER inspection to take place. The platform should not be used until it has passed the inspection.
After your LOLER inspection
Upon completion of a LOLER inspection, you'll receive a Report of Thorough Examination.
On this report will be:
Equipment Details - Machine type, serial number, model, year of manufacture and safe working load.
Examination Details - Dates of last, current and next examination dates, examination type and date of report.
Results of Examination - Details of any defects that will/could cause serious injury, details of the repairs required, the date the repairs are required by and any further comments.
How do I know if an access platform has a valid LOLER test inspection certificate ?
LOLER inspections are a legal requirement and need to be carried out every six months.
All platforms that have been thoroughly inspected by APS will have an APS Aftercare decal. This will show the date that the LOLER inspection took place and the date that the next examination is due.
LOLER inspections by manufacturer
APS specialises in Hinowa, BoSS and LGMG powered access platforms, being the main dealer for these brands in the UK. However LOLER inspections can be booked for all manufacturers such as JLG, Genie, Haulotte, Skyjack, Niftylift, ISOLI, Versalift, Snorkel etc…
For any questions about LOLER inspections, call our team on 01480 891251.
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.
Where can I find the latest LOLER Regulations?
LOLER 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.
Yes. The full LOLER regulations is available to download on the HSE website, but you can download the LOLER Regulations here
What happens when defects are identified in a LOLER inspection?
According to the LOLER regulations, When defects are identified during a LOLER inspection they should be reported to both the person using the equipment (and to any person from whom it has been hired or leased), and the relevant enforcing authority (HSE for industrial workplaces; local authorities for most other workplaces
How do I book a LOLER test?
Give the APS LOLER testing team a call or email or fill in the form at the base of this page
We have a team of experienced LOLER testing professionals across the UK.
Call the APS LOLER inspection team on 01480 891251.
Can you inspect a machine that does not have a valid LOLER inspection certificate?
Yes, we can undertake LOLER inspections of access platforms that do not currently hold a valid LOLER test. If the platform successfully passes the LOLER inspection - it will then be legal and valid for use.
Call our team today on 01480 891251 or contact us to help you find the right equipment.
Our standards explained
When you’re buying used equipment, you need assurance that it will give you safe and continued performance during its lifecycle.
Every Approved Used access platform and material lift is thoroughly inspected by our experienced CAP-trained engineers at our own workshops. Following the inspection, we then refurbish according to the overall condition of the equipment. Inferior equipment is scrapped so you never need to worry about buying anything that is considered unworthy of a second life.
We give you a choice of refurbishment standards, each priced at a different level - Bronze, Silver or Gold – which comes with our industry leading warranty.
Full repaint to agreed specification
New LOLER 98 report of thorough examination
Engine serviced where applicable
Hydraulic oil checked and topped up / changed if required
Handrails and steel panel work etc. straightened as required
New batteries fitted
All decals replaced, including decorative
Hydraulic hoses replaced where damaged / significantly abraded
3 months parts and labour warranty (UK mainland only)
New LOLER 98 report of thorough examination
Batteries checked and if necessary serviceable replacements fitted
Minor cosmetic work and paint touch up
Minor repairs to steelwork such as handrails and toe boards
Hydraulic oil checked and topped up as required
Filters replaced as required
2 months parts and labour warranty (UK mainland only)
New LOLER 98 report of thorough examination
Necessary remedial work to achieve LOLER standard
No cosmetic work
1 months parts-only warranty (UK mainland only)
View our Approved Used warranty guidelines for full details.
Want to upgrade? No problem!
Our workshop can prepare and upgrade the existing standard to a higher standard refurbishment for an additional cost. Please talk to our sales team on +44(0)1480 891251 to discuss your requirements.