A LOLER inspection is a Thorough Examination of lifting equipment by a qualified or ‘competent’ person, as defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It can also be known as an insurance inspection.

For lifts, it can be likened to a car MOT, a regular check to ensure that the equipment is safe for people to use and operate. As with a car where it is illegal to drive it without an MOT, it is illegal for a lift to operate without a current LOLER certificate.

WHY DOES YOUR LIFT NEED A LOLER?
If you are responsible for a lift that is ‘used at work’, you have a legal responsibility to make sure that they are maintained and in safe working order. ‘Work’ is defined as any location where work takes place, which includes paid and voluntary work. This generally means that if any person comes into the premises to carry out work of any sort, the lift needs a regular LOLER Thorough Examination.

WHAT EQUIPMENT NEEDS A LOLER INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATE?
Equipment that requires a LOLER inspection includes:

  • Passenger lifts
  • Goods lifts
  • Dumb waiters
  • Escalators
  • Mobility lifting aids such as patient hoists
  • Cherry pickers
  • Scissor lifts