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- Friday, October 13, 2017

Plan ahead when it comes to your inspections. At Shaw, we encourage our customers to have a plan for all of their inspection. Because leaving them to the last minute can cause issues especially if they fail and you need them for a urgent job, replacing items may take time out of that job or stopping it completely.

Peter Turner MD of Shaw Lifting said “It is vital people understand that this is UK law. It will not be affected by BREXIT however without the right safeguards in place companies leave themselves open to prosecution, fines and damage to the company’s reputation and share value.”

It is your company’s responsibility to get the lifting equipment tested. Here is a list of items we can test. (If any item is not on the list please call our advice team on 01642 455920 and we can provide a solution.

We can also carry out repairs of all lifting equipment, including hydraulic and pneumatic equipment and test most lifting equipment such as lifting beams, containers and winches.

The majority of our services can be undertaken in-house at our Middlesbrough depot, but if required, we can perform on-site repairs, inspection and testing at your base of operation. (Whatever is most convenient for you, on-site testing is more suitable for larger equipment that cannot be transported easily)

How often should a Tests be carried out?

  • Every six months for lifting equipment used for lifting/lowering persons. E.g. passenger lifts, access platforms, window cleaning equipment.
  • Every six months for lifting accessories.
  • Every 12 months for all other lifting equipment not falling into either of the above categories, e.g. cranes, lifting block and runway beams.
  • Or at shorter/longer intervals if determined by the risk assessment.

Please View the LOLER Inspection chart below for equipment specific LOLER testing timescales.

LOLER Inspections also permit a 'risk based' approach to examination, whereby operators can arrange for a scheme of examination to be drawn up taking account of their specific equipment, environment and operations to extend periods between examinations where the risks are acceptable. More frequent examinations may need to be considered where lifting operations are continuous.

Description Inspection Frequency (months) 

Passenger lifts   6
Other equipment for lifting persons   6
Lifting accessories   6
Motor vehicle lifts  6
Cranes if used to lift people  6
Cranes   12
Motor cycle lifts  12
Other lifting equipment   12


Fork lift trucks 6/12 6m under SAFED guidelines/12m under LOLER. Risk based assessment also applies.



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