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What is a
“Thorough Examination” under LOLER..?

This is a systematic and detailed examination of the equipment and safety-critical parts, carried out at specific intervals by a competent person who must then complete a written report. This report must contain the information required by LOLER Schedule 1, including:

  • The Examination Date
  • The date when the next thorough examination is due
  • Any defects found which are (or could potentially become) a danger to people where serious defects are identified, the competent person carrying out the examination must immediately report this verbally to the duty holder. This should then be followed by the written report, a copy of which must also be sent to the relevant enforcing authority.

When Should
“Thorough Examination” be carried out..?

In order to verify that lifting equipment and accessories remain safe for use, and to detect and remedy any deterioration in good time, thorough examinations are required throughout the life time of the equipment, including examinations:

  • Before use for the First time – unless the equipment has an EC declaration of conformity less than one year old and the equipment was not assembled on site. If it was assembled on site, it must be examined by a competent person to ensure that the assembly (eg.- A platform lift installed in a building) was completed correctly and safely
  • After assembly and before use at each location
  • Regularly, while in-service – Most lifting equipment will be subject to wear and tear and so will need regular in service examination. You have a choice:
    • Arrange for thorough examination to be carried out at the intervals specified by LOLER ( every 6 or 12 months, depending on the equipment)
    • Conduct examination in accordance with an examination scheme
  • Following exceptional circumstances – liable to jeopardize the safety of lifting equipment, which may include:
    • Damage or failure
    • Being out of use for long periods
    • Major changes, which are likely to affect the equipment’s integrity (eg. Modifications, or replacement/ repair of critical parts)