‘You should ensure that the person carrying out a thorough examination has such appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment.’
They are sufficiently independent and impartial to ensure that examinations are made without fear or favour.
They should not be the same person who undertakes routine maintenance of the equipment – as they would then be responsible for assessing their own maintenance work.
- 6 months, for lifting equipment and any associated accessories used to lift people.
- 6 months, for all lifting accessories.
- 12 months, for all other lifting equipment.
Do all excavators require thorough examinations as required by Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)?
Under PUWER there must be an appropriate maintenance regime and an inspection of the machine at intervals specified by a competent person.
However, if the machine is used for lifting then it must be thoroughly examined and additional safety devices must be fitted, including a boom lowering device (usually check valves) and an acoustic warning device.
There is a variety of equipment available for work at height, including scaffolding, tower scaffolds, mobile elevating working platforms (MEWPs), staircases, platforms and portable ladders. The selection and use of an appropriate and suitable method of access will depend on the nature of the task to be carried out, the frequency of occurrence, the duration of the work and the availability of equipment.
Forklift trucks are primarily intended for lifting materials and not people. However, they can be used with working platforms to allow people to work at height in exceptional circumstances only. HSE guidance note PM28 explains when this may be appropriate.
However, LOLER only applies to lifting equipment. PUWER applies to all equipment.
What is the difference between a LOLER inspection a thorough examination and an insurance inspection. Which one is best?
It can also be known as an insurance inspection.
- All protective devices.
- Every pressure vessel.
- Every pipeline and pipework in which a defect might give rise to danger.
I've been told that, by law, I must have my portable electrical appliances tested every year. Is this correct?
Employers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for. If it is used regularly and moved a lot eg a floor cleaner or a kettle.
If it is used regularly and moved a lot eg a floor cleaner or a kettle, testing (along with visual checks) can be an important part of an effective maintenance regime giving employers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties.
HSE provides guidance on how to maintain equipment including the use of PAT.
A written report should be submitted to the PRRS (Person Responsible for Raking Safety) with observations and proposals for any action necessary.