Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) came into force on 5 December 1998 with the aim of reducing the risk of injury from lifting equipment used at work; They replaced a number of other pieces of legislation which previously covered the use of lifting equipment.

LOLER places duties on people and organisations that own, operate or have control over lifting equipment to ensure that it is safe to use and those who operate it have the right knowledge and experience so that they don’t create danger while handling it.

In most cases, lifting equipment is also work equipment and, consequently, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) will also apply and its requirements need to be met.

Areas covered within LOLER include the requirement for lifting equipment to be:

  • strong and stable enough for safe use (i.e. fit for purpose);
  • marked to indicate safe working loads;
  • positioned and installed so as to minimise risks;
  • used safely, ensuring that the work is planned, organised and performed by a competent person; and
  • subject to ongoing thorough examination (where appropriate) and inspected by a competent person.