Thorough Examination and Inspection:

Lifting Equipment and Accessories (LOLER 1998 Inspection)

Plant and Safety Limited Accreditations Banner PNG

Thorough Examination of Lifting Equipment and Accessories under LOLER 1998 (LOLER Inspection)

Keeping Your Lifting Equipment Safe and Compliant...

Plant and Safety Limited are national providers in providing Engineering Testing, Inspection, and Certification services in order to keep your company, and your equipment compliant, ensuring that your employees are able to work safely and effectively.

Our national team of highly qualified and experienced engineers are able to provide engineering inspection, testing, and certification services on all types of equipment which require a thorough examination under LOLER 1998, PUWER 1998, WAHR 2005, PSSR 2000, and COSHH 2002. This includes Lifting Equipment and Accessories, Work Equipment, Mobile Plant Equipment, Access Equipment, Pressure Systems, Local Exhaust Ventilation, Passenger and Goods Lifts, and Industrial Doors.

Keeping equipment compliant can be a challenge, which is why our inspection database automatically plans the next due dates for each inspection, allowing us to notify our customer in advance when equipment needs to be inspected and certified again. 


What is LOLER 1998? And What Does it Stand For?

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (often abbreviated to LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment.

This includes all businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not. In most cases, lifting equipment is also work equipment so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) will also apply (including inspection and maintenance requirements).

All lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and subject to statutory periodic ‘thorough examination’.

Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.

Approved Code of Practice and guidance on the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER).

What Types of Equipment Are Classified as 'Lifting Equipment' and 'Accessories' Under LOLER 1998?

Lifting Equipment is any type of work equipment used for lifting and lowering loads, and includes accessories used in doing so (such as attachments to support, fix, or anchor the equipment). 

 Examples of Lifting Equipment Includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Fibre, Wire Rope, and Chain Slings
  • Shackles, Eyebolts, and Hooks
  • Chain Blocks, Pull Lifts, and Lever Hoists
  • Manual and Electric Hoists
  • Overhead Electric and Manual Gantry Cranes
  • Runway Beams, Spreader Beams, Lift shaft Beams, and Lifting Frames
  • Passenger and Goods Lifts
  • Vehicle Tail Lifts
  • Forklift Trucks and Telescopic Handlers 
  • Excavators
  • Vehicle Ramps
  • Hiab Cranes
  • Swing Jibs and Mobile Gantry Frames
  • Vacuum and Magnetic Lifters

How Often Do I Need to Have My Lifting Equipment Examined?

In accordance with the requirements defined under the LOLER 1998 Regulations, a competent person should carry out a LOLER Inspection and Thorough Examination of Lifting Equipment and Accessories every:

  • 6 Months for Lifting Accessories  
  • 6 Months for Lifting Equipment and Accessories associated with lifting people
  • 12 Months for All Other Lifting Equipment 
  • Any other frequency defined by the written scheme of examination


Industry Experts

Our team has extensive experience in providing Testing, Inspection, Certification, and Training Services across all sectors within the UK. Our team of passionate industry experts work closely with our customers to keep their equipment and their people both safe and compliant

Quality Assurance

All of our services are backed by an extensive list of nationally recognised Accreditations and Industry Body Memberships. Our Accreditations and Memberships include ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, NPORS, CHAS, Safecontractor, Safe PQQ, ROSPA, and the British Safety Council

National Service Provider

Plant and Safety are a national provider of Testing, Inspection, Certification, and Training Services. Our national team of highly qualified, experienced, and competent trainers and engineers work closely with our customers to keep equipment and people both safe and compliant

Online Inspection Database

All of our Testing, Inspection, and Certification customers are automatically granted with access to our online inspection database to download examination reports for any equipment certified by Plant and Safety. Our inspection database runs on the industry leading ‘Motion Kinetic’ software

Get a Free Quote for Your Lifting Equipment

Examination and LOLER Inspection Today


Plant and Safety Limited ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001: 2015, and OHSAS 18001:2007 Accreditation
Plant and Safety Limited ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001: 2015, and OHSAS 18001:2007 Accreditation


T: 0330 113 7920


Plant and Safety Ltd, Birmingham Road, Shenstone, Staffordshire, WS14 0LB