Human Resources

Health and Safety

Lifting equipment

The deployment of suitable lifting equipment/transport aids and their use in accordance with safe systems of work will reduce the need for manual handling and can help eliminate poor manual handling practices.

Any equipment used at work that lifts or lowers a load is regulated by the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998. These regulations deal with both the lifting equipment and the way it is used. As well as regular passenger lifts, LOLER also applies to equipment such as forklift trucks and reach trucks, tail-lifts on vans and trucks, scissor lifts, cherry-pickers, certain parts of conveyors, and dumb waiters.

Currently, the statutory requirements for lifting equipment and accessories are that they must be:

  • Marked with the safe working load, this may take the form of a maximum load on hoists and jacks
  • Checked regularly (see requirement for thorough examination and inspection of lifting equipment). Statutory inspections must be performed by a competent person (usually an external inspection body). Inspections should also be performed by the user prior to use (a simple visual inspection is usually sufficient). Before lifting equipment is used for the first time, it must be thoroughly examined
  • Only used by persons that have had suitable and sufficient information and training on their safe operation and use and any precautions or safeguards required
  • Used under adequate supervision, the extent of the supervision being dependent on the competence level of the operator
  • Immediately removed from service if found to be defective (disposed of or quarantined until repaired, inspected and proved to be safe for further use)

Authority To Drive Form [Acrobat (.pdf) - 24.7 KB Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:27:00 BST]

Daily Inspection Checklist [Acrobat (.pdf) - 48.9 KB Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:28:00 BST]

Operation of Pedestrian Fork Lift Trucks [Acrobat (.pdf) - 90.5 KB Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:25:00 BST]