A Guide To Regulations Regarding Lifting Operations

When it comes to lifting operations for equipment and machinery it is important to be aware of the regulations and laws regarding keeping people safe at work. In this guide Mezzanine Floor Lifts help to explain the rules all companies should be aware of and adhering to.

(LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations or LOLER as they are so simply known, are regulations that were introduced in 1998 that place responsibilities on those people and companies who own and operate lifting equipment. 

Examples Of Lifting Equipment Referred To By LOLER Include:

  • Overhead cranes
  • Hoists
  • Vehicle lifts
  • Vehicle mounted tail lifts and cranes
  • Cleaning cradles and suspension equipment
  • Goods lifts and passenger lifts
  • Telehandlers and forklifts
  • Lifting accessories such as rope slings

Using Lifting Equipment Properly

The rules presented by LOLER all those who own and operate lifting equipment should carefully plan lifting operations by a trained person. This also applies to those who provide lifting equipment to others, such as lifting equipment manufacturers and installers. 

The rules state the following: 

Where you undertake lifting operations involving lifting equipment you must plan them properly while using people who are sufficiently competent. These people must be supervised appropriately ensuring the actions are carried out in the safest and most efficient manner. 

How To Plan Lifting Operations

With the rules requiring operators and owners of lifting equipment to plan lifting operations, you may be wondering what this entails.

By planning any lifting operations using lifting equipment you are ensuring that risks are mitigated. During this process, you will be carrying out a thorough assessment of the safety of the equipment , guaranteeing that not only is it safe to use but is the right equipment for the task at hand. 

A thorough examination of lifting equipment includes reporting information such as:

  • The examination date 
  • When the next examination is due 
  • Any defects found that are a potential danger to operators 

Lifting Equipment That is Fit For Purpose 

The rules set in place the LOLER suggest all equipment should be fit for purpose. Following a thorough examination, operators should be able to identify this. All examinations of lifting equipment must be recorded, noting any defects found in the equipment and reporting these to the relevant supervisors.