In this blog, we will talk about how to prepare for a Lowe Maintenance LOLER inspection. This is one of our most frequently asked questions, and we hope it helps make the inspection run by quickly and smoothly!
An introduction to LOLER
Before we go into detail about how to prepare for your LOLER inspection, it is important to understand its meaning and background. A health and safety staple, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment.
Do I need a LOLER inspection?
All businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not, require LOLER inspections. This is applicable across many industries, including arboriculture.
LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is:
- fit for purpose
- appropriate for the task
- suitably marked
- subject to a periodic thorough examination
Who can complete these LOLER inspections?
Due to the potential consequences that can happen if not inspected properly, it is vital that the person who completes the inspections is an independent, competent individual/company. It is also important that the person been fully insured and trained, or holds a certificate for inspection of lifting systems. To complete the inspection without any bias, the person should also be an individual outside the business and its activities.
If you are looking for someone to carry out a LOLER inspection, we are more than happy to help. Click below to find out more about our services:
Benefits to you
LOLER inspections are a vital part of maintaining adequate health and safety precautions. On top of this, it is important to maintain this documentation for peace of mind. Should anything go awry, you will be held accountable for the condition of your lifting equipment. Failure to show sufficient care for your property could result in far-reaching consequences. It should therefore be a high priority for all businesses to ensure they are on top of their inspections, and maintain all their relevant documentation.
Preparing for your LOLER inspection
We fully recommend taking some time to prepare, to ensure your inspection is completed as quickly and smoothly. Whether you have had an inspection before, or this is your first time – it is best practice to refresh your memory or learn what your inspector is searching for.
Before the LOLER inspection:
Gather your receipts for kit purchases
Make note of which ID mark you’d like for marking where needed (e.g. LMT Rope 1)
Ensure your material items have markings (any items with no markings cannot be inspected)
Prepare your bag to only include the items you would like inspecting
Keep ends of ropes if you’ve cut them off so markings can be matched up where possible and there is a clear link to both parts
Ideally clean and service your kit before presenting for inspection
Please note: any items that have failed a previous LOLER are not to appear in a repeat inspection.
What to expect and understand on the day
On the day, our inspector will undertake:
- visual examination and functional checks
- measurements of wear and predicted life-span for items (LIFED)
- we may have to disassemble items for an internal examination
- each kit can take at least an hour to complete, or more if an initial inspection
- be prepared to stay with your kit whilst its inspected so queries can be answered quickly
As part of the inspection, it’s important to note that those items which are LIFED cannot be extended. Alongside this, metal works are inspected on their condition, ART items are an exception.
LOLER markings and labels
We clearly mark items where required and accessories to indicate that each item has a unique marking for recording purposes.
Each item inspected on the day will be added to a PDF report that contains the date of inspection, next LOLER date, staff member allocation (where relevant. Details of the items such as date of manufacture (DOM), sizes, along with pass, fail or not seen if its a repeat inspection.
After your LOLER inspection
We will present you with the following documents as PDF’s, these will be uploaded to your area of the Lowe Maintenance portal for ease and quick future reference:
- a front sheet with company details and amount of items in total
- full record log of all kit presented for inspection including failed items or items not presented
- a weekly check sheet record for personal use and to encourage documenting of daily checks
When will my next inspection be?
For climbing kits, LOLER inspections are required by law every 6 months, and for rigging kits, this is every 12 months.
We will send you a reminder a few weeks before so all parties have time to organise diaries!
Ready to book?
Lowe Maintenance has lots of experience when it comes to LOLER inspections. We fully fit the criteria for a professional inspector and regularly undertake the service for our clients.
For employers looking for further information about working at height, click below to visit the Health & Safety Executive website.
Get in touch
Please get in touch if you have any questions relating to LOLER inspections. Before submitting, it may be worth checking if we have already answered your question on our dedicated LOLER inspection training page, where we go into further detail about our services. If we haven’t then Contact us!