A Thorough Examination can incorporate both LOLER & PUWER


You may have heard people mention the term “LOLER Inspection”; this is actually a “Thorough Examination of lifting equipment” (only covering LOLER 98 regulations). A Thorough Examination can actually incoporate both (LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and/or (PUWER)  Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 for items such as fork lift trucks where none lifting items should be inspected.

Similar to having any electrical Inspection, Car Inspection (iE MOT) or every other primarily Engineering based Health and safety Examination, this is a detailed examination of the equipment and safety-critical parts.


HSE describe the Thorough Examination of Lifting Equipment as:

“A thorough examination is a systematic and detailed examination of the lifting equipment by a competent person to detect any defects that are, or might become, dangerous. The competent person will determine the scope of the thorough examination and they may use a number of sources to help them do this, such as industry guidance. HSE’s Contract Research Report Thorough examination and inspection of particular items of lifting equipment (CRR429) may also be a useful reference tool.”

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg422.pdf


HSE describe the Thorough Examination of a Lift Truck as:


“Thorough examination of industrial lift trucks is required under health and safety law: LOLER 1998, which covers lifting equipment, and PUWER 1998, which deals with all other safety-related items, such as brakes, steering and tyres. Your regular inspections as part of a preventive maintenance scheme or scheduled service are not a thorough examination.”


Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/lift-trucks/thoroughexamination.htm

A Thorough examination should be carried out at specified intervals by a competent person who must then complete a written report.

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.