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Lifting equipment inspections

Lifting equipment is defined by the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) as any equipment used at work for lifting or lowering loads, including attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it.
The Regulations cover a wide range of equipment including, cranes, forklift trucks, lifts, hoists, Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs), and vehicle inspection platform hoists. The definition also includes lifting accessories such as harnesses, chains, slings, and eyebolts etc.

However, the focus of this guidance is upon industrial load lifting equipment such as hoists and slings.
Separate guidance is available for access equipment (people lifting equipment) and forklift trucks.

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) require that a risk assessment must be completed prior to the start of any work and that lifting operations are planned, supervised and carried out in a safe manner by people who are competent.

The Regulations require that all lifting equipment is:

  • Sufficiently strong, stable and suitable for proposed use. The load and anything attached (e.g. pallets, lifting points) must be suitable
  • Positioned or installed to prevent the risk of injury e.g. from the equipment or the load falling or striking people
  • Clearly marked with appropriate information to be taken into account for its safe use e.g. safe working loads, last / next inspection dates and results etc. Accessories such as slings, clamps etc, should be similarly marked
  • Where appropriate, thoroughly examined before it is used for the first time. Lifting equipment will need to be inspected while in use at periods specified in the Regulations (at least six-monthly for accessories and equipment used for lifting people and, at a minimum, annually for all other equipment) or at intervals laid down in an examination schedule set by a competent person

Anchor devices

Anchor devices should be visually and manually inspected by a competent person before each use in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and comprehensively examined at least once every 12 months.

Anchor devices that are not in regular use are not to be used unless they have undergone a comprehensive inspection in the previous 12 months.

Each anchor point should be labelled clearly showing the inspection date and anchor points intended use.

All examination work should be performed by a competent person; and following a thorough examination or inspection, a report is submitted by the competent person to the employer to take the appropriate action.

Which Scafftag systems can help?

Requirement Relevant products
Clearly marking with appropriate information to be taken into account for its safe use

Unitag - lifting
Microtag - lifting
Nanotag - lifting
LOLER Tag - lifting 

Eyebolt Test Tag 

Safetrak – lifting

Thoroughly examining before it is used for the first time and at suitable periods as specified in the LOLER regulations

Unitag - lifting
Microtag - lifting
Nanotag - lifting
LOLER Tag - lifting

Eyebolt Test Tag
Safetrak – lifting

Maintaining a record of all inspections Safetrak – lifting

For further advice on developing a Lifting Equipment inspection system, request a free Scafftag on-site visit, click here

Relevant Legislation:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989
  • The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992 (as amended by SI 1994 No 2063);
  • Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007