The lifting equipment and lifting operations industry is a vast one, with connections to dozens of other industries around the globe. There are the obvious ones such as construction, lifting and lowering, warehousing, engineering and manufacturing, but you’ll also find lifting equipment in industries such as sports, shipping, the military, aerospace, mining, telecommunications, food and brewery, the rail industry and more. This LOLER overview gives you a brief insight into the LOLER regulations.
Every single item or service that you use or activity that you take part in, there is a huge chance that lifting equipment has in some way, at some point along the process, been used to create that end product.
This means that it is vital that lifting equipment is governed by reliable, robust and clearly specified laws and regulations, so that each industry around the world that makes use of lifting equipment is safe and protected. We have provided a LOLER overview of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) below.
It’s important that you know the rules contained within LOLER
Why is there a need for the LOLER?
One of the reasons LOLER is needed is for the reasons mentioned above. Lifting equipment is used in such a huge variety of ways that it needs to be governed safely. You can see lifting equipment being used for climbing equipment for mountaineers, for internal structuring in buildings, for undersea cabling, and even for use as cranes on the International Space Station.
It must, however, be noted that LOLER applies more directly to lifting equipment being used for lifting operations, rather than those taking part in something such as using lifting equipment for mountaineering. However, LOLER would then also apply to the manufacturer of the mountaineering lifting equipment.
Cranes are even used in space, so the LOLER guidelines need to be robust!
Whether it is to lift a load that is too heavy for a human to handle, or whether it is to be used for deep sea mining operations, lifting equipment needs to be safe, reliable and effective.
Many of the industries that lifting equipment is involved in, such as the construction industry, can be dangerous if processes aren’t followed and regulations put in place. The construction industry will be subject to LOLER, as well as other regulations, but the people working in this industry need to know that the equipment that is coming to them does what it says it’ll do!
This is why the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations was brought in in 1998. Below, we have provided you with a LOLER overview.
A summary of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
Who LOLER applies to
Firstly, LOLER applies to anyone who owns or uses lifting equipment. This means any person or business where lifting equipment is used, even if it is only employees using it and even if the business doesn’t directly own the lifting equipment.
Secondly, LOLER applies to every lifting operation that is being conducted, and these operations must be properly planned by someone who is competent and properly trained. The lifting operations should also be supervised by a competent person and be carried out in a safe fashion at all times.
Finally, LOLER applies to all lifting equipment manufacturers, including us here at Cranes Direct. All lifting equipment that we, or any other lifting equipment supplier, produces, must be safe to use, effective at the task for which it has been designed, marked appropriately, and also subject to regular inspections and servicing. LOLER also states that records must be kept of any of these inspections, and the results that are found from them.
Key points about LOLER
Here at some key things you need to know about LOLER: (Please remember this is just a LOLER overview, for full regulations please refer to LOLER website)
- LOLER is applied in conjunction with ACOP, also known as Safe use of lifting equipment: Approved Code of Practice
- LOLER and ACOP are not technically laws, they are guidelines. However, they fall under the Health and Safety at Work Act, making them both part of the law
- You will also find that LOLER is often applied alongside the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, as well as the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
- There are some other instances where other legislation applies, such as the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations
- LOLER considers any lifting operation a situation where a load is being lifted or lowered
- Lifting equipment is referred to as any equipment that is meant to lift and lower loads, and includes any items or accessories which support a lifting or lowering operation
- Under the LOLER guidelines, you are also obligated to select the right equipment for the job, meaning that you must use equipment which is of appropriate strength and stability
- LOLER also covers the lifting and lowering of people
- All lifting equipment must be fully marked with several indications. It’s safe working load limit must be made clear, as well as markings that show how close they are to their inspection date.
- If using equipment to lift or lower people, then the lifting equipment must be marked with the number of people that it can safely lift and lower
- All lifting operations, no matter how small, must be carried out by a competent person
LOLER applies to anyone involved in a lifting operation
Find out more about Cranes Direct and how we work
As we mentioned earlier, the lifting equipment industry is a huge one, with connections to industries throughout the world. We will always provide you with our own recommendations and guidelines when it comes to the safe use of lifting equipment and lifting gear. This will include information on how often you should inspect and service your gear, as well as the do’s and don’ts when it comes to each piece of lifting equipment.
We hope that this LOLER overview has helped answer any questions you may have however; if you are interested in hearing more about us here at Cranes Direct, the lifting equipment that we stock, the services or accessories that we provide, or how we ensure that everything we do is safe, then please get in touch with us here.