Lifting Equipment and Lifting Operations (LOLER)

In the UK, the health and safety legal requirements for the proper selection, safe use and maintenance of work equipment are covered by The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) are expanded by additional and specific legal provisions relating to lifting equipment and lifting operations within the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) This means:

  • All lifting operations must be properly organised and planned
  • Lifting equipment (and lifting accessories) must be properly:
    • Selected, and be of adequate strength and stability
    • Maintained
    • Marked
    • Stored, and Subject to thorough examination and (where appropriate) testing by competent person
  • Arrangements maintained to enable prompt reporting of fault or defect

 Lifting operations are an everyday and commonplace activity across Fife Council in construction and roads maintenance, materials deliveries and stores operations, and the lifting and transfer of service users in an education or care setting. 

The Requirements for Lifting Equipment and Lifting Operations contained within OHS-C-51.G1 are likely to impact on most Council Service.


This Guide provides information and sets general standards for compliance with the very specific requirements associated with the provision, use and maintenance of lifting equipment (and accessories), and the conduct of lifting operations. It references and expands on the broader standards and requirements for the provision and safe use (including training requirements) of all work equipment, as described in our companion document OHS-C-24.G1 and should be read first..


The Health and Safety Executive's 2002 Contract Research Report 429/2002 (Annex 2) provides additional guidance on typical inspection  and thorough examination regimes for a broad range of lifting devices.




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