Lifting and the Law – LOLER ; PUWER

Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)

lifting-and-the-lawIn December 1998 new legislation came info force known as Lifting Operations, Lifting Equipment Regulations or LOLER for short. LOLER is Statutory instrument (SI) 2307 and it replaces ALL earlier Lifting Equipment Legislation.

LOLER requires that Man riding equipment and Lifting accessories ( Shackles, Slings, Eyebolts, etc.) to be thoroughly inspected every 6 Months and Lifting Machines ( Cranes, Hoists, Chain Block etc.) every 12 Months. This frequency may vary according to the environment in which the equipment is working in.

Provision and Use of Working Equipment Regulations (PUWER)

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations also came into force in December 1998 (SI 2306). Every aspect of lifting equipment, from the smallest shackle to the biggest crane, will come under PUWER 98 regulation 5:

(1) Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in an efficient working order and good repair.(2) Every employer shall ensure that all lifting machines have maintenance report and this report is kept up to date.(119) Some maintenance routines affect both the way the equipment works and its safety but checking and replacing worn or damaged friction disks, brakes or clutch linings will ensure that it operates safely.