The article below has been produced by the AGS and reviewed by Jon Christie, the BDA's Safety, Standards and Technical Committee chairman. It has been produced to give advice on LOLER specifically for geotechnical and geo-environmental site investigation projects.
LOLER: A Geo-Environmental Professionals Guide
Further advice is available from the HSE by clicking the picture link below.
If you operate any equipment used at work for lifting or lowering loads, including attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it, it is important that you familiarise yourself fully with your duties and the requirements of these Regulations and the Approved Code of Practice.
Lifting equipment covers a wide range of equipment including, cranes, forklift trucks, lifts, hoists, mobile elevating work platforms, and importantly drilling rigs. The definition also includes lifting accessories such as chains, slings, eyebolts etc.
LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and, in many cases, subject to statutory periodic 'thorough examination'. Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.
Please note that as part of the BDA Audit lifting equipment and lifting accessories will be expected to comply with these requirements.
If you allow employees to provide their own lifting equipment, then this too is covered by and should comply with the Regulations.
If you are an employer or self-employed person providing lifting equipment for use at work, or you have control of the use of lifting equipment, then the Regulations will apply to you.
For more information please click on the picture above to download a copy of the HSE's guidance on lifting equipment.