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MW Lift Services should be your first thought when seeking a Lift company to carry out a LOLER Examination on your existing lift. We carry out LOLER visits for all types of lift types and provide the necessary paperwork following our visit to ensure you and your lift comply with current LOLER regulations.
According to HSE:
The term ‘competent person’ is not defined in law but the LOLER Approved Code of Practice and guidance (paragraph 294 on competent persons) states that:
‘You should ensure that the person carrying out a thorough examination has such appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment.
LOLER regulations require all lifting operations to be properly planned and supervised by a ‘competent person’. LOLER also requires that all lifting equipment must undergo regular examinations by a qualified technician to ensure that it is fit for purpose — it is the responsibility of the business who own or rent the equipment to make sure these examinations take place. The piece of equipment must then be appropriately marked and records of each examination must be kept, with any defects being reported to the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority (the HSE for industrial workplaces and the local authority in most others).
It should be noted that a LOLER inspection, known officially as a ‘thorough examination’, is not the same as routine maintenance such as replacing worn or damaged parts, topping up fluid levels, or making minor adjustments. LOLER testing must be performed by what is known officially as a ‘competent person’: someone qualified to perform the thorough examination.