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Cyclone is an experienced LOLER inspection company. Our LEEA-qualified team have over 30 years’ experience carrying out LOLER testing and examinations for businesses across the UK.

If you’re looking for LOLER lifting equipment testing, our expert team will be able to guide you through the process and ensure the safety of your equipment and regulatory compliance.

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What is LOLER?

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, otherwise known as LOLER, places duties and responsibility on employers and their team who operate, own or have control over lifting equipment. To comply, a business must carry out ‘thorough examinations’ and record and maintain reports from ‘competent persons’ such as one of our inspectors, to confirm equipment is maintained correctly and meets the requirements of the required tasks safely.

LOLER testing is a requirement of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It’s important that you keep a thorough record of all the required assessment information, which will be provided by your inspector, as the HSE can request access to your LOLER reports at any time. Ensuring you are correctly assessed and complying with the regulations not only helps ensure the safety of your employees, but also can back you up in the case of an accident involving your lifting equipment.

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Another benefit of LOLER examinations is that they can pick up on potential issues or faults with your equipment before they become a major problem, allowing you to take quick action, prolong your equipment’s life and potentially save you a large maintenance bill in the future.

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What are the requirements for LOLER?

To meet LOLER requirements, any lifting equipment must receive a ‘thorough examination’ by an independent and impartial ‘competent person’ every 6 or 12 months, depending upon the item of plant. All equipment must also be inspected before first use, after installation, regularly when in service and after ‘exceptional circumstances.’

Once tested, each piece of lifting equipment must be marked to indicate its safe working load (SWL), which is the maximum load it can safely lift. Similarly, any equipment used for lifting people must be clearly marked with the maximum number of people which it can support. The marking of equipment also extends to lifting accessories, which should display any information which may affect their safe use. As part of the LOLER testing process, your Cyclone inspector will ensure this is carried out correctly in line with the regulations.

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What equipment needs testing?

A LOLER examination is required for all lifting equipment. This includes any equipment used in the workplace for lifting or lowering loads, for example:

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Cranes Testing

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Lifting Appliances Testing

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Lifting Accessories Testing

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Hoists Testing

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Fork Lift Equipment Testing

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Handling Equipment Testing

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Lifting Slings Testing

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Trolleys Testing

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How often is LOLER testing required?

All lifting equipment must be inspected:

  • Before use for the first time.
  • After assembly / installation and before use at each location (where applicable).
  • Regularly, while in service – this applies if the equipment is exposed to conditions where it might deteriorate. Inspections can either be done every 6 or 12 months depending on whether the equipment is or lifting people or not, or by following an examination scheme written by a ‘competent person’. Our team will be able to advise you on this.
  • Following exceptional circumstances – these include damage or failure, being out of use for long periods, or major changes such as modifications.

View our LOLER checklist – preparing for your examination >

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How often do you need a LOLER inspection?

These can vary, and shorter and longer intervals can be required determined by a risk assessment, please reach out to the Cyclone team for more information.

Every 6

for lifting equipment used for lifting and lowering people. For example: access platforms, and passenger lifts.

Every 6

for lifting accessories such as slings, eyebolts, clamps, shackles and spreader beams.

Every 12

for all other lifting equipment not falling into either of the above categories, such as cranes, lifting blocks, winches, pulley blocks, gin wheels, chain blocks and runway beams.

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Also looking for PUWER testing?

If you’re working with lifting equipment, it’s likely that your business will need both PUWER and LOLER compliance certifications.

PUWER compliance is required for a wide range of workplace equipment, including tools, machinery and other apparatus.

Read more about PUWER regulations here >

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