Low Level Access LOLER Inspections

Low Level Access LOLER Inspections

LOLER inspections on powered access platforms are required to take place every six months under the “Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998” regulations. 

This includes low level access platforms. The term “low level access” covers powered and non-powered access platforms, the example shown below is a non-powered option. 

A thorough examination of a low level access platform will include:

  • Checking the structural integrity of the platform

  • Checking the safe operation of all its functions, including emergency lowering

  • Checking all parts for wear and tear (if they are within tolerances) and any damage

  • Assessing whether the platform meets the legislation under which it was built (ie: CE mark)

APS engineers are fully qualified to carry out LOLER thorough examinations and perform the necessary checks so your low level access platform is LOLER compliant.

As part of the LOLER thorough examination, the following checks are carried out:

Battery - For batteries to work efficiently, they need to be maintained. Checking the water levels, terminals for fraying and connectors for damage needs tp be done regulary, as well as ensuring the battery is clean and free from corrosion.

Corrosion/Livery  - All metalwork needs to be checked for excessive corrosion and repairs need to take place before the low level access platform can be operated.

Basket Condition  - The appropriate fall protection needs to be in place and in good working order, such as guard rails and anchor points for body harnesses. The basket condition needs to be inspected for signs of wear and tear. It's important to check the safe working load of the platform to ensure it is the same as what is stated by the manufacturer.

Scissor Pack  - The scissor pack is checked to ensure the metalwork is intact and nuts and bolts are fitted correctly.

Tyres/Wheels  - The condition of the castors, tyres and brakes are inspected.

Control Switches  - The control switches are inspected to confirm they operate correctly and there are no issues with the safe lowering of the platform.

Guards/Safety Locks/Interlocks  - Locks which prevent the platform from operating if safety functions aren’t working, are inspected.

Find out more about LOLER Inspections in our Guide to LOLER Inspections

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