Lifting equipment

Do you know what lifting equipment you have?

‘Lifting equipment' is a term used to describe work equipment for lifting and lowering loads. This includes lifting accessories and attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting the equipment.

Lifting equipment comes in various forms and has different inspection requirements under Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) that you’ll need to be aware of. Knowing this is important as part of health and safety regulations.

Examples of lifting equipment include:
  • Overhead cranes and their supporting runways
  • Patient hoists
  • Motor vehicle lifts
  • Vehicle tail lifts and cranes fitted to vehicles
  • A building cleaning cradle and its suspension equipment
  • Goods and passenger lifts
  • Telehandlers and fork lifts
  • Lifting accessories;
  • Fibre or rope slings
  • Chains (single or multiple leg)
  • Hooks
  • Eyebolts
  • Spreader beams
  • Magnetic and vacuum devices

Lifting

Thorough examination is required under LOLER and it must be sufficient, competent, independent and impartial to allow objective decisions to be made. This examination should be carried out before the equipment is taken into service. An examination should also take place once the equipment has been installed, where safety is dependent on correct installation and where lift equipment is exposed to conditions which cause deterioration that could lead to a dangerous situation. Periodic examinations are required following an exceptional event such as an accident or long period without use.

What is classed as a load?

The load includes any material, people or animals, or any combination of these, that is lifted by the lifting equipment. Loads are often provided with permanent or semi-permanent fixed or attached points for lifting and in most cases, these are considered to be part of the load.

Examples of loads include:
  • Loose bulk materials
  • Sacks, bags, pallets and stillages
  • Discrete items (such as a large concrete block)
  • Machinery and any permanently attached lifting eyes
  • A skip and the lugs fixed to its side

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What do you need to do?

Under LOLER, you need to ensure that any lifting machines, attachments and accessories lifting people need to have a thorough inspection every six months. A thorough examination on equipment that isn’t used to lift people is required every 12 months. This is in-addition to the maintenance requirements of the manufacturer, normally every three months. It is advisable to tie both inspections to the same date so any minor faults can be rectified without further disruption to business operations.

We are happy to assist in reviewing what you have, and each requirement based on your specific asset database. We are a specialist technical asset management consultancy, providing independent technical and digital solutions across the built environment. Our ELIAS software provides clients across the globe with wholistic and dynamic asset management and compliance solutions.

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Further reading

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Sources: HSE

 

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