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PUWER Inspection Testing and Thorough Examination:

Work Equipment

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PUWER Inspection and Thorough Examination:
Work Equipment (PUWER Inspection and Testing)

Keeping Your Work Equipment Safe and Compliant...

Plant and Safety Limited are national providers for PUWER Inspection, PUWER Testing, PUWER Thorough Examination, and PUWER Certification services. Our Work Equipment Inspection (PUWER Inspection) services keep your company, and your work equipment compliant, ensuring that your employees are able to work safely and effectively. A Work Equipment Inspection is required in accordance with PUWER 1998.

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 PUWER 1998? And What Does it Stand For?

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (often abbreviated to PUWER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over Work Equipment.

This includes all businesses and organisations whose employees use Work Equipment, whether owned by them or not. In most cases, Work Equipment such as Overhead Cranes, Forklift Trucks, and Access Equipment is also classed as Lifting Equipment in accordance with LOLER 1998. 

PUWER 1998 requires that all Work Equipment is Suitable, Maintained, Inspected at suitable intervals, and suitable Training and Information is provided on the safe use and operation of the equipment. PUWER 1998 specifically requires  that all Work Equipment receives a routine Thorough Examination and Inspection by a competent body. 

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.

PUWER 1998 Thorough Examination and Inspection

What Types of Equipment Are Classified as 'Work Equipment'

Under PUWER 1998?

Work Equipment is defined to include any Machinery, Appliance, Tool, Installation, and any item of Lifting Equipment for use at work. The scope of PUWER 1998 is therefore extremely wide. 

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

  • Lifting Equipment and Accessories
  • Manual and Powered Pallet Trucks
  • Hydraulic Equipment
  • Axle Stands
  • Ladders and Steps
  • Forklift and Stacker Trucks
  • Excavators and Diggers
  • Racking
  • Passenger and Goods Lifts
  • Vehicle Tail Lifts
  • Power Presses
  • Dock Levellers
  • Waste Compactors

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

Unlike other regulations such as LOLER 1998, PUWER 1998 does not define a set frequency for a competent person to carry out a Thorough Examination and Inspection. Our recommendation is therefore as follows: 

  • Thorough Examination every 12 months at minimum, unless classed as Lifting Equipment or an Accessory for Lifting 
  • Thorough Examination every 6 months for equipment associated with lifting people


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

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