Through Examination of Lifting Equipment

The legal requirement for examination is detailed in the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations.

What is covered by LOLER?


  • Lifting Equipment – Work equipment for lifting and lowering loads. The definition includes attachments used to anchor, fix or support the equipment (such as the runway of an overhead crane).
  • Accessories for Lifting – lifting equipment for attaching loads to machinery for lifting.

Our engineering team provides a comprehensive range of thorough examinations and testing on all types of lifting equipment:

  • Cranes, including mobile cranes, lorry loader cranes, overhead travelling cranes and manual jib cranes.
  • Hoists, including electric hoist blocks, chain blocks and wire rope blocks.
  • Lifting accessories, including chains, slings, eyebolts, shackles.
  • Lifts, including hydraulic and counterbalanced passenger lifts, stair lifts and disabled access lifts.
  • Garage equipment, including vehicle lifts, recovery vehicles, engine hoists and jacks.
  • Materials handling equipment, including fork lift trucks, reach trucks, side loaders, rough terrain trucks, tele-handlers, stacker trucks and pallet trucks.
  • Patient hoists, including bath hoists and stair lifts.
  • Access equipment, including mobile elevated work platforms and man lifting attachments.

What are the requirements for inspection?

In general, if the equipment lifts people or directly attaches a load, for example chains or web slings, then it requires two inspections per annum.

Most other equipment will require one examination per annum. However, be aware there are exceptions so if you are in doubt, please contact us and we will be happy to offer advice.

Thorough Examination of Forklift Trucks

Plant Inspection Services is one of the very few independent inspection companies in the UK to be fully accredited with the CFTS standard for the thorough examination of forklift trucks. All examinations are carried out in accordance with the BITA procedural code GN 28.

For more information, please contact us for help, advice and a no obligation quote.

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