LOLER: Your Duties When Using Lifting Equipment20th January 2016

When you undertake any processes involving lifting equipment, there are a number of duties which it is your responsibility to enforce in order to meet with regulations. Established in 1998, these regulations were put in place to limit the risks associated with using lifting equipment by laying out the correct procedures which should be upheld at all times, during all aspects of operation. The four main practices which you should bear in mind are as follows:

  1. Plan lifting operations involving lifting equipment properly.
  2. Use people who are sufficiently competent.
  3. Supervise people appropriately.
  4. Ensure that processes are carried out in a safe manner.

Does LOLER apply to you?

If you are a business or organisation which uses lifting operations and equipment, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are working in a way which controls risks to avoid injury. A lifting operation is defined as ‘an operation concerned with the lifting or lowering of a load’. Lifting equipment is work equipment for lifting and lowering a load, which could be items or people. There are occasional exceptions, however – some lifting transportation systems and the equipment used on ships doesn’t always fall under LOLER regulations. There may also be other regulations which are applicable as well as or instead of LOLER, such as PUWER. If you’re ever unsure it’s worth looking into further.

Inspections Under LOLER

You will have obligations under LOLER to ensure that your equipment is maintained properly and it will need to undergo certain examinations. These will largely depend on the type of lifting equipment which is concerned and how it is used. Records of inspections should be kept up-to-date and the relevant people (machine operators/ owners/ enforcing authorities) should be notified of any defects.

In short, LOLER is supported by the Safe use of lifting equipment: Approved Code of Practice, which falls under the Health and Safety at Work Act, and if it is relevant to you and your equipment it should be adhered to at all times. Ensure that you’re up-to-speed with what is required of you to avoid any difficulties with staff or health and safety officials.