Inspection

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What is a Thorough examination?

This is a systematic and detailed examination of the equipment and safety-critical parts, carried out at specified 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 dutyholder. This should then be followed by the written report, a copy of which must also be sent to the relevant enforcing authority.

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FORKLIFTS ALL STYLES

EXCAVATORS

TIPPING GEAR

LOGGING EQUIPMENT

HOOK LOADING EQUIPMENT

SKIP EQUIPMENT

HGV TRANSPORTERS

MAN UP MACHINES

MEWP

CRANES

TRUCK-MOUNTED LIFTING EQUIPMENT

ALL FORMS OF ATTACHMENTS THAT LIFT 

JACKING EQUIPMENT

BRACING EQUIPMENT

LIFTING CHAINS

PLUS MANY MORE

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 lifetime of the equipment, including examinations:

  • before use for the first time - unless the equipment has a 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 - for equipment that requires assembly or installation before use, eg tower cranes

  • regularly, while in service - if the equipment is exposed to conditions that cause deterioration which is likely to result in dangerous situations. Most lifting equipment will be subject to wear and tear and so will need regular in-service examination. Some may be exposed to significant environmental conditions which may cause further deterioration. You have a choice:

    • arrange for thorough examination to be carried out at the intervals specified by LOLER (every 3, 6 or 12 months, depending on the equipment - see below), or

    • conduct examinations in accordance with an examination scheme, drawn up by a competent person

  • following exceptional circumstances - liable to jeopardise 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

What kind of items require a T.E