LOLER Inspection Checklist
Make & Model
Equipment Description (with details of location, department, etc.)
Is equipment specifically designed for lifting people?
Does it comply with Paragraph 127 of the LOLER guidance?
Paragraph 127: The raising and lowering of people by work equipment which is not specifically designed for the purpose should only be undertaken in exceptional circumstances when it is not practicable to gain access by less hazardous means. Where it is necessary to use such work equipment you should ensure that all precautions are taken to ensure safety, including appropriate supervision.
Is the lifting equipment designed for lifting people clearly marked to this effect?
- the number of persons it can carry
- that it is for lifting persons
- the safe working load
Has a risk assessment been completed?
Are persons using carriers (e.g. lift car), whether fully enclosed or not, prevented from being crushed, trapped, struck or fall from?
Does the carrier have suitable devices to prevent it falling?
Are persons being lifted not exposed to danger and is there a reliable means of rescue available, even in the event of failure?
Does the person being lifted have a reliable means of communication with the operator or some other responsible person?
Has the Safe Working Load for equipment and accessories been derated by a suitable amount to provide an appropriate factor of safety when lifting persons?
Has the machine been fitted with a suitably designed and secured carrier/working platform?
(Remember where reasonably practicable purpose-built equipment should be used.)
Is it clearly marked that it is not for lifting persons?
Is the control position manned at all times?
Is the design compatible with human dimensions?
Has a PUWER risk assessment been completed?
Is the equipment suitable for the task?
Is the equipment material suitable for the conditions it is to be used in?
How often is the equipment used?
What is the nature and characteristics of the load to be lifted?
Is it safe and suitable?
Can safe access be achieved to maintain, repair, inspect, dismantle?
Is access permanent (preferably, it should be)?
Are slips, trips, falls minimized if a person is required to be present on the equipment?
Is the working place of adequate size and strength for people and any items required?
Are openings on the floor adequately covered or fenced?
Is edge protection provided at fall areas exceeding 2m?
At fall areas below 2m, where factors would increase the likelihood of a fall/serious injury, is edge protection provided?
Is edge protection suitable and securely fixed?
Do gates/barriers on edge protection open inwards or is there another safe method?
Is edge protection provided where there is a risk of an object falling from a workplace on the equipment onto a person below?
Is the operator adequately protected against the environment?
If equipment/load can be affected by high winds, is it fitted with devices to detect dangerous situations that will enable measures to be taken to cease its use?
Does the equipment have adequate strength for the job to be done?
Does the equipment have an appropriate factor of safety against failure under foreseeable modes (e.g. fracture, wear, fatigue)?
Is the equipment of adequate stability for the job to be done?
Do you need to take measures to resist overturning?
If stabilizing arrangements are a part of the equipment, are they in place and operating effectively before the equipment is used?
Is the equipment that is mobile, dismantled/reassembled, stable before use?
If overturning/overloading is a significant risk, are rate capacity indicators or rated capacity limiters fitted to the equipment?
Are lifting points on loads of suitable strength?
Is the equipment positioned or installed to minimize the need to lift loads over people and minimize the risk of injury to persons?
Is any load moving along a fixed path (e.g. hoist) protected by a suitable and substantial enclosure?
Is the maximum height of travel for a load moving along a fixed path below 2m?
Is a means of protecting people from the underside of that equipment or its attachments in place (e.g. barrier, gate)?
Does the equipment have a travel or slewing motion to prevent trapping points or where not possible, controls to prevent access to these points?
Is access to and from the equipment sufficient and does it protect people from dropping loads?
Are uncontrolled movements of a freely suspended load prevented?
Are runway beams level and of sufficient stiffness to prevent drifting/running away?
Is the equipment fitted with suitable devices to minimize uncontrolled freefall of loads?
In the event of a power failure, are there measures in place to prevent people from any resulting risks?
It may be people will need to be excluded from the danger zone.
Are hooks of the type that reduces the risk of load-displacement fitted?
If 2 or more items of equipment are being used, will collisions of loads and equipment be avoided?
Is there an adequate interlocked gate or similar device fitted and of suitable height to prevent falls down a shaft or hoistway, or, are other arrangements in place?
Is the gate or enclosure at least 2m high?
Is the machine and accessories for lifting clearly marked with the safe working load (SWL)?
- it clearly marked with SWL for each configuration.
- the information kept within the machine with SWL for each configuration.
- it fitted with appropriate devices e.g. rated capacity limiters/indicators when there is a significant hazard.
Are accessories which can be separated from the equipment marked to indicate the equipment of which it is a part of?
If a number of lifting accessories are assembled to form one lifting accessory and is not dismantled after use, is it marked to indicate its safety characteristics?
If the weight of any accessory is significant in relation to its SWL, is the accessory clearly marked with its weight?
If other characteristics or weight might make the use of the accessory unsuitable for any other piece of equipment, is this clearly marked on the accessory or is the information given to the user?
Are lifting accessories with only one SWL marked with that value or is there a color-coding system in place?
If an accessory configuration can affect the SWL is it clearly marked or is the user-provided with information?
Are all lifting operations properly planned i.e. address the risks identified by the Risk Assessment?
Are operations appropriately supervised?
Are operations carried out in a safe manner?
Is the load being lifted by 2 or more lifting equipment simultaneously?
A written plan is required
Is suitable work equipment provided for the task?
If persons need to work below a load, are safe systems of work established which minimizes the risks?
If loads are left suspended, is access to the danger zone prevented?
Is the suspended load secured?
If persons have to work under a suspended load, are they aware of the risks and that the equipment has been thoroughly examined?
If the risk cannot be controlled by layout organiztion, are other measures in place to minimize the consequences if the load falls?
If these measures are not enough, have you provided a safe system of work to exclude people from the danger?
Do you need guidance for planning lifting operations?
LOLER Paragraphs 221-225
If the driver cannot observe the full path of the load, is there a banksman to guide the operator?
Are the signals or verbal communication used consistent with the code of signals in Schedule 1 of the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996?
Code words for verbal communication
Are measures in place to prevent the load striking anything or a person?
Are lifting accessories used for securing the load compatible with the load?
Are measures in place to prevent disintegration of the load?
If ropes, chains, slings are shortened, is it done in a safe manner?
After attaching or detaching a load, does the operator wait for authorization before commencing to lift?
Is the load handler competent to select suitable lifting accessories?
When the integrity of the lifting equipment could be affected by meteorological condition, do you halt its use?
Do you have a system of work that sets out measures required for particular weather conditions?
If weather conditions have affected the lifting equipment and are likely to jeopardize its safety, has a thorough examination been undertaken?
Is there sufficient headroom to access/egress the site and to safely position and install the equipment?
Are measures and checks in place to prevent lifting equipment from tilting, overturning, moving inadvertently or slipping?
Is dragging of loads banned when it is liable to cause damage or overturning?
Can the operator of the lifting equipment judge the weight of the load they will be lifting?
Are measures in place to minimize the risk from lifting equipment due to its proximity to other objects (e.g. excavations, overhead hazards, underground services, structures)?
Is there an all round 6m exclusion zone where there is a likelihood of anyone being struck whilst working near the wheel tracks of an overhead crane?
Is there a safe system in place to keep people out of the danger zone?
Is the lifting equipment derated when necessary to take into account the environment and mode of use?
Is the load more than the safe working load?
If the weight of the load is unknown and may be approaching the maximum weight the equipment can handle, do you ensure that it is not lifted until the weight is determined?
Do you ensure the area around the lifting equipment is clear when performing an overload test?
Are essential workers only retained to lift the load during an overload test?
Is the test completed as efficiently as possible?
Have the people using lift equipment received appropriate training, information and instruction on how to carry out pre-use checks?
Are pre-use checks undertaken before lifting equipment is used each working day/shift?
Is appropriate action taken to rectify any defects?
Are all lifting accessories stored in conditions that do not lead to damage or deterioration?
Are suitable storage facilities provided for lifting accessories?
Has lifting equipment been thoroughly examined before putting into service for the first time?
Have you received an EC Declaration of Conformity which is not over 12 months old?
Did you obtain the lifting equipment from another company?
Have you received evidence that the last thorough examination has been done?
Does the lifting equipment depend on installation conditions?
Has it been thoroughly examined before putting into service for the first time?
Has it been thoroughly examined after assembly and before putting into service at a new site/location?
Is your lifting equipment exposed to conditions causing deterioration likely to cause a dangerous situation?
Is it thoroughly examined every 6 months (if lifting equipment/accessories are for lifting people)?
Is it thoroughly examined every 12 months (for other equipment)?
Is it thoroughly examined every time exceptional circumstances occur that would jeopardize any lifting equipment?
Is it inspected, where appropriate at suitable intervals between thorough examination?
Do you ensure that thorough examination takes place after the lifting equipment is involved in an accident or dangerous occurrence?
Do you ensure that thorough examination takes place after a significant change in condition?
Do you ensure that thorough examination takes place after long periods out of use?
Is a thorough examination undertaken after substantial or significant modification, repair or when reconfigured?
Do you ensure that all lifting equipment that is used outside its normal place of work or equipment received from another organization or is given to another organization is accompanied by physical evidence of the last thorough examination report?
Does the risk assessment identify significant risk to the operator or other workers?
Inspection is required at suitable frequencies and its extent will depend on the risks. Inspections should include, where appropriate, visual checks and functional tests. Use iAuditor's LOLER Checklist for weekly LOLER inspections.
Where there is an equipment or accessory defect involving existing or imminent risk or serious injury because of the failure of the equipment, do you send a copy of the report, as soon as possible, to the Health and Safety Executive?
Do you notify the person controlling the equipment’s use of any defect which could become dangerous to a person?
Do you make a written record of the inspection?
Do you ensure that if you have been notified of any defect, you do not use the equipment before it is rectified?
Do you ensure that where a defect has not yet but could become a danger to persons, the equipment is not used before the defect is rectified?
Have you kept the EC Declaration of Conformity for equipment obtained after 5 December 1998?
Do you keep available for inspection thorough examination reports done for lifting equipment until you cease to use the equipment?
Do you keep available for inspection all thorough examination reports done for lifting accessories for 2 years after the report is made?
Do you keep available for inspection all thorough examination reports of lifting equipment where its safety is dependant on installation conditions?
Do you keep available for inspection all thorough examination reports of lifting equipment where if it is exposed to conditions causing deterioration it could result in dangerous situations?
Do you periodically review the inspection and thorough examination reports as part of the management arrangements for controlling the lifting equipment?