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LOLER - is the abbreviated phrase for - Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 which came into force on 5 December 1998. The following gives a general indication of some of the main requirements of the Regulations. However, it is vital that you refer to the Regulations and accompanying Approved Code of Practice to familiarise yourself fully with your duties or you can call Statutory Inspections directly for professional advice.
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LOLER replaced existing legal requirements relating to the use of lifting Equipment e.g the Construction (Lifting Operations) Regulations 1961, the Docks Regulations 1988 and the Lifting Plant and Equipment (Records of Test and Examination etc) Regulations 1992. Many parts of LOLER may therefore be familiar to you. The Regulations aim to reduce risks to people’s health and safety from lifting equipment. In addition to the requirements of LOLER, lifting equipment is also subject to the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER),
The LOLER regulations require that lifting equipment provided for use at work is:

1. Strong and stable enough for the particular use and marked to indicate safe working loads.

2. Positioned and installed to minimise risk.

3. Used safely, i.e. the work is planned, organised and performed by competent People.

4. Subject to ongoing thorough examination and, where appropriate, inspection by competent people.

Lifting equipment includes any equipment used at work for lifting or lowering loads, This includes attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting. The Regulations cover a wide range of equipment including Tail-Lifts, fork-lift trucks, lifts, hoists, mobile elevating work platforms, cranes and vehicle inspection platform hoists.

Suitability of work equipment

4.—(1) Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided.

(2) In selecting work equipment, every employer shall have regard to the working conditions and to the risks to the health and safety of persons which exist in the premises or undertaking in which that work equipment is to be used and any additional risk posed by the use of that work equipment.

(3) Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is used only for operations for which, and under conditions for which, it is suitable.

(4) In this regulation “suitable” means suitable in any respect which it is reasonably foreseeable will affect the health or safety of any person