Thorough Examination

What is a Thorough Examination?

A Thorough Examination is simply the legal name for the regular inspections that every powered access platform undergoes, to ensure it is in good condition. In many ways it’s like a car MoT inspection. The process generates a report that identifies whether or not the equipment is safe to use, and includes advice on defects found that need to be corrected.

In short, it’s a methodical and detailed examination of the equipment and all safety-critical parts, carried out at specified intervals by a competent person. A competent person means someone who has the appropriate qualifications and technical expertise to properly inspect and test access platforms – every single PSR engineer in our nationwide team is classed as a competent person.

What are my legal obligations?

According to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER 98), every platform should receive a Thorough Examination by a competent person, at least every six months – and more frequently if the equipment is used in a hostile environment. But don’t worry – we can advise you on the right schedule for your access platform.

You are obliged to keep records of all Thorough Examinations and report any defects identified to the responsible person. Under UK law, that person is the employer or owner, who is responsible for all lifting equipment on site. They are legally obliged to maintain the equipment in a safe working condition for the use of their employees.

A written Report of Thorough Examination must be completed and contain the following information required by LOLER:

  1. The examination date
  2. The date when the next thorough examination is due
  3. Any defects found which are (or could potentially become) a danger to people

What if my equipment fails its Thorough Examination?

Fail is not really the right word. The law states that, if the competent person identifies any serious defects during the examination, they must immediately report it to the responsible person.

If the defects do not create an imminent risk, you can continue to use the machine, but are obliged to rectify the issues within a certain time frame.

Where there is a defect that could imminently be of danger to any persons, we will recommend that you take your access platform or lifting equipment out of service immediately until the defect has been rectified.

What is a Thorough Examination re-test?

The competent person carrying out your Thorough Examination will identify any defects or weaknesses, and provide a timescale within which the faults must be rectified. We can provide you with a quotation so you immediately understand the cost of rectifying these issues.

If you choose to fix the defects yourself, our engineer will come back to re-test your equipment. If our engineer rectifies the issues, he will carry out the re-test immediately afterwards. Provided it now has a clean bill of health, your access platform or lifting equipment will receive its final Report of Thorough Examination.


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