Do you lift anything at work using mechanical means?


The Lifting Operations and Lifting Regulations 1998 )often known as LOLER) place the responsibility for correct lifting on those who own, operate and/or have control of lifting operations and equipment in the workplace.  These duties and responsibilities apply to the operators of lifting equipment, to those who authorise its use and to those who own the businesses and organisations where lifting equipment is used.  It is also important to realise that the Regulations are intended for all users whether they own the equipment or not.  As a point of further interest, any equipment being used within a working environment is also subject to the Provision and Use at Work Equipment Regulations, (also known as PUWER).


So the facts that all must be aware of are as follows:

  • All lifting equipment must be proven to be fit for purpose
  • It must be thoroughly examined (and recorded) on a regular basis
  • It meets the requirements of the manufacturer’s service schedule.


Each lifting operation should be suitably planned and carried out by someone who is qualified (where required) or competent to use the particular equipment.

There must be adequate supervision to ensure that the operation is carried out in a safe manner.

Records need to be kept for all of the above so should there be an accident or “near miss” then there is adequate proof that best practice has been followed.


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