Examination of Lifting Equipment

The legal requirement for examination is detailed in the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations. Find out more >

How often examinations are required? In general terms, 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 without obligation.

Our engineering team provides a comprehensive range of 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

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. Find out more >

Local Exhaust Ventilation Plant (LEV)

The legal requirement for examination is contained in The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

A Dust Extraction System, or Local Exhaust Ventilation, which is installed in any place of work to control dust and fumes of other harmful substances, requires a thorough examination and test at regular intervals to ensure the contaminant is captured as close as possible to the point of emission.
The maximum period between examinations may vary depending on the substance controlled but, as a general rule, examinations should be carried out at least once every fourteen months. Find out more >

Our engineering team provides thorough examinations by BOHS trained personnel (P601), which conform to the latest Health Safety Executive Guidance (HSG258) and highlight:

  • Contaminant control failings
  • Maintenance issues
  • Damage to systems
  • Practical advice on improvements

Our aim will always be to give practical advice and guidance to customers to complement their COSHH assessments, not tables of meaningless static pressure readings.

Pressure Systems

The statutory requirement for examination is contained in The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations.
These regulations require most pressure systems to be thoroughly examined in accordance with a Written Scheme of Examination.

Each individual system must be assessed to determine the frequency and nature of thorough examinations.

Our engineering team is able to draw up Written Schemes of Examination and complete thorough examinations on a wide range of pressure plant including:

  • Steam Boilers
  • Autoclaves
  • Air Receivers
  • Bulk Powder Tankers (Excluding hazardous substances)
  • Traction Engines

To ensure your system complies with current regulations, please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance.