Vol. 1, Issue 18 (Dec 02) Simple Guidance for Lift Owners

The “Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations” (LOLER) introduced requirements for the safe provision and use of all lifting equipment.

Regulation nine of these regulations requires that all lifts provided for use in work activities are thoroughly examined by a competent person at regular intervals. This applies to hoists’ used to lift persons and/or loads.

If you are a lift owner or are responsible for the safe operation of a lift used at work, such as a facility manager you are very likely to be the “Duty Holder” under the “Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations”.

It means you have a legal duty to ensure that the equipment is thoroughly examined and that it is and remains safe to use.

The thorough examination is a systematic and detailed examination of the lift and its associated equipment. It aims to detect any defect which are or might become dangerous.

In order to determine the extent of the thorough examination, the competent person will assess the risks, considering factors as the environment, frequency of use, age and condition, the weight of loads.

Thorough examinations should include: -

  • Landing and car doors and their interlocks.
  • Worm and other gearing.
  • Main drive system components.
  • Governors.
  • Safety gear.
  • Suspension ropes
  • Suspension chains.
  • Overload detection devices
  • Electrical devices – including earthing, earth bonding, safety devices, selection of fuses etc.
  • Braking systems – including buffers and overspeed devices.
  • Hydraulics.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

Be aware that there are risks to the person completing this type of inspection. Such as un-guarded winding equipment, electricity and falls from height.

Therefore ensure that these are considered by the competent person prior to the inspection and suitable controls are considered and are in place. Check their own issued safety policy and obtain copies of their risk assessments.

The competent persons is legally required to send you a written and signed report of the thorough examination. This should normally be within twenty eight days.

If the report identifies a defect that presents an “existing or imminent risk of serious personal injury” they are legally required to send a copy of the report to the enforcing authorities.

Concerns have been raised due to lift doors being operated inadvertently – leading to individuals falling down the shafts. Inspections must include the door closing / opening system.

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