The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
Regularly shortened to LOLER these regs place legal obligations on individuals and organisations who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. This includes all businesses, organisations and the self employed whose use lifting equipment either themselves or their employees, (Even if the equipment is owned by them or not).
In most cases, lifting equipment is also work equipment so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) will also apply (including inspection and maintenance). All lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.
LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and, in many cases, subject to statutory periodic ‘thorough examination‘. Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.