Here at Elevators Ltd, we place a lot of emphasis on safety and that is why we carry out a full inspection of each and every one of our elevators before they are installed. After all, a brand-new lift should not be a safety concern for passenger or property owners or put anybody at risk of a serious injury. In fact, LOLER is a safety regulation that relates to the ‘safety and use of lifting equipment in a working environment’. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about it…
What is LOLER?
LOLER is an initialism that stands for Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and it is a piece of formal documentation that is in place to ensure that lifting equipment in the workplace does not put people at risk. In fact, it can be applied to both employers and the self-employed as long as those in question work with and are responsible for a range of different lifting machines. Interestingly, Regulation 9 of LOLER states that ‘all elevators provided for use in work activities should be examined by a competent person at regular intervals’ which means that elevators are not exempt from the rules.
How often should an elevator be inspected?
According to LOLER, an elevator in the workplace should be thoroughly inspected twice a year by a qualified engineer in order to ensure that they are in full working order. In fact, the engineer in question should inspect every single aspect of the lift in order to ensure that there aren’t any faults, no matter how big or small they may be. It is important to note that these inspections are separate from load testing, which should be carried out every 1 to 5 years as a minimum requirement.
What is tested during a lift inspection?
During a lift inspection, it is important that the engineer carries out an extensive health and safety audit of the mechanical components found within. After all, an elevator must be in full working order to comply with the regulations stated by LOLER. In addition to this, the engineer should also create a condition report, which details the health of the lift following the inspection and whether or not any upgrades or repairs may be required in the future.
It is the sole responsibility of a property owner to ensure that their elevators are provided with the maintenance they require. After all, elevator engineers will often deliver routine reminders, but it is more effective to carry out inspections on a regular basis in order to ensure that any faults are sourced and repaired sooner rather than later. In fact, LOLER is in place for this very reason. To find out more information about the regulations that govern elevator safety, get in contact with the best lift company on the market and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!