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An Introduction to LOLER – Lifting Equipment Regulations

As it’s estimated that 35% of the more serious injuries that occur in the workplace are caused by neglecting simple manual handling techniques, we thought we should introduce you to LOLER. LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) were put in place to describe what you, as an employer, should be doing to keep your employees safe in the workplace.


Why was it introduced?

LOLER was introduced in 1998 as a set of regulations created under the Health and Safety at Work Act and provides guidance and requirements for lifting equipment and lifting operations to help lower the rate of injury in the workplace from incorrect lifting techniques, faulty equipment and poor planning. Whilst there’s no specific duties that employees need to follow, the regulations apply to all employers or self-employed workers who provide, or have use of,  lifting equipment in their working environment.


What’s required to follow the regulations?

To make sure you’re abiding by the requirements of LOLER, you must check that every piece of lifting equipment in the workplace is suitable for its designed use and is sufficiently strong and stable enough to cope with the intended load. Each piece of equipment must also be installed or positioned according to manufacturer’s instructions and must not be at risk of causing injury from falling or striking your employees. As well as checking the equipment for suitability, you must also ensure that all important information is clearly displayed on the equipment. For example, maximum load capacities and marked lifting points.


Also, you should check that:

  • Employees have receive the appropriate training and are always under supervision when lifting.
  • Equipment is inspected for faults at regular intervals and the findings collated in a report to decide on appropriate action.
  • Equipment is thoroughly examined before first use, including accessories.
  • All lifting equipment and accessories are deemed fit for purpose – with any faults being reported to senior staff and clearly marked as out of order.
  • There is a suitable plan in place before you begin lifting. This may include evaluating risk factors such as proximity hazards, overloading and location.


Safety risks when neglecting LOLER

As with all safety regulations and guidance; if they’re not followed, the chances of an injury happening within the workplace significantly increases. If you choose not to adhere to LOLER, you run the risk of:


  • Being injured by faulty equipment. For example, a wheel may become loose on a sack truck whilst under load – causing the load to fall.
  • Trapping clothes or body parts between moving parts – causing dragging or crushing.
  • Using equipment inappropriately due to lack of training and experience – highlighting the necessity for supervision.
  • Acquiring injuries from broken parts or sharp edges on equipment that hasn’t been inspected regularly.
  • Causing damage to equipment and load by your equipment or machinery overturning due to not being secured correctly or overloaded.


We hope we’ve made you think twice about skipping equipment checks or allowing untrained staff to operate lifting equipment – hopefully before an accident occurs. If you’d like to read into LOLER in more detail, you can head over to the HSE website where you can find a brief guide on lifting equipment at work whilst enforcing LOLER.

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