Understanding LOLER

Powered access platforms, cherry pickers, booms, scissor lifts, MEWPS – whatever you call them – are designed to help people work safely and productively at height. You have a legal duty to ensure that all of your access platforms are in perfect working order.

Government legislation states that the employer or owner is responsible for any lifting equipment on site and is legally obliged to maintain it in a safe working condition for the operator. As part of this obligation, all lifting equipment is subject to a Thorough Examination, its similar to a car’s MoT but every 6 months instead of once a year. This legislation is called the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 98 (LOLER).

LOLER explained

LOLER regulations state that: “…all equipment must be thoroughly examined by a competent person at least every 6 months or more frequently if used in a hostile environment”. You can download the HSE guide to LOLER here or read our FAQ’s.

Twice a year, a qualified person must carry out what is called a Thorough Examination of your powered access platforms. If the machine passes the examination, it receives a Report of Thorough Examination, in the same way as your car or van receives an MoT certificate. You must keep a record on file and make it readily available on request.

Meeting your Health & Safety obligations

The team at PSR are specialists in helping companies comply with these legal obligations.

Our national network of  mobile service engineers are qualified to carry out the mandatory Report of Thorough Examination (LOLER 98) on your powered access fleet at your premises, or you can send your equipment to be inspected at one of our fully equipped workshops.

In both cases, a CAP-qualified engineer will carry out a full visual, operational and mechanical Thorough Examination in accordance with LOLER 98 regulations. The engineer will provide you with a full report.

Advice and experience you can rely on

Our engineers are fully trained and competent in the examination, diagnosis and repair of a wide range of powered access platforms. We offer free, no-obligation advice on LOLER 98 and Thorough Examinations to any business operating lifting or access equipment. You can rely on us for expert, impartial advice on safety regulations and the liability implications for owners of powered access platforms.


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