What is LOLER?

17th March 2017

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What is LOLER?

LOLER is the acronym for Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

What does LOLER apply to?
LOLER applies to the use of lifting equipment provided as work equipment. These Regulations
implement the lifting provisions of the Amending Directive to the Use of Work Equipment
Directive (AUWED, 95/63/EC) and build on the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work
Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

What is LOLER? Where does LOLER apply?
Subject to the provisions of regulation 3, LOLER applies to all workplaces and work situations
where the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) applies and extends beyond the
mainland of Great Britain to specified offshore areas and activities.

The duties in LOLER and other regulations which are applicable to the use of lifting equipment in
all sectors of industry and in all work activities. These other regulations are principally the
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (the Management Regulations) and

When deciding how to reduce the risks from using a particular piece of lifting equipment, you need
to consider the:
(a) type of load being lifted, its weight, shape and what it consists of;
(b) risk of a load falling, moving, breaking up or striking a person or object and the consequences;
(c) risk of the lifting equipment striking a person or an object and the consequences;
(d) risk of the lifting equipment failing or falling over while in use and the consequences; and
(e) risk of damage to the lifting equipment that could result in failure.

What is LOLER? Equipment and operations covered
LOLER applies to ALL lifting equipment used for work purposes, even where it was manufactured
and put into use before LOLER came into force in 1998.

The following examples illustrate the type of equipment which can raise or lower loads and the
broad range of lifting operations, which should be assessed for the application of LOLER. These
are examples and the Regulations may be relevant to other equipment used for similar activities
or where the equipment listed is used for different lifting operations:
(a) cranes;
(b) lift trucks and telescopic handlers;
(c) hand pallet trucks, specifically those that have the ability to raise the forks;
(d) goods lifts or passenger lifts, for example in an office block, hospital etc which are provided for
those at work;
(e) simple systems such as a rope and pulley used to raise a bucket of cement on a building site,
a construction site hoist, a gin wheel, or a dumb waiter in a restaurant or hotel;
(f) pull-lifts;
(g) vacuum lifting equipment;
(h) a vehicle inspection hoist;
(i) a scissor lift or a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP);
(j) ropes used for climbing or work positioning during arboriculture, climbing telecommunication
towers and structural examination of a rock face or external structure of a building;
(k) a paper roll hoist on a printing machine;
(l) an automated storage and retrieval system;
(m) a front-end loader on a tractor used for raising and lowering loads such as a bale of hay;

(n) an excavator (or other earth-moving machinery) adapted to be used for lifting using lifting
attachments (eg forks, grabs, lifting magnets), but not when used for normal earth-moving operations;
(o) a hoist or sling used for lifting people from, for example, a bed or a bath;
(p) a loader crane fitted to a lorry, eg used to raise bins for delivery duties;
(q) a refuse vehicle loading arm, eg used to raise bins for tipping;
(r) an air cargo elevating transfer vehicle;
(s) a car transporter or vehicle recovery equipment;
(t) a skip collection vehicle; and
(u) vehicle tail lifts.

Lifting accessories would include such items as slings, removable eyebolts, chains, ropes, shackles,
grabs, magnets, vacuum lifters, crane forks, lifting beams and spreaders.

There are lots of different elements that affect working conditions, please refer to the full regulations
for all the criteria’s… one of interest maybe;

What is LOLER? The effects of high wind.
Where lifting equipment and/or its load may be affected by high wind, appropriate devices should
be made available and used so as to detect dangerous situations and allow measures to be taken
to cease using the equipment.

Where appropriate, the maximum wind speed in which the lifting equipment can be used should be
included in the instructions on use. Measures therefore should be in place to determine the wind
speed and also reduce its effect.

Wind effects can be relevant both indoors and outdoors. Equipment use and selection should take
account of this.

What is LOLER?

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