Forklift LOLER Examination
Forklift LOLER: West Midlands
Forklift Loler examination
Forklift LOLER West Midlands
Managing the Safety of Your Equipment and Employees
Atlas Forklifts has come a long way since starting in 1983. Back then we only used to hire and sell forklift trucks but now we provide the complete support service for any business which needs to use one. As well as selling a broad range of new and used models we offer various leasing options and a comprehensive selection of attachments, spare parts and replacement tyres. We can also take care of maintenance and servicing, train your forklift drivers, and be on hand if a truck ever breaks down. In simple terms we provide everything your business needs to keep its forklift trucks up and running, and that includes our LOLER examination service.
A LOLER examination sits over and above the standard maintenance regime for any forklift truck, and is the equivalent of an MOT. Passing a LOLER test is a legal requirement for all forklift trucks, and is one which ensures that all components impacting on the safe operation of the forklift have been examined and passed as fit for purpose.
Forklift LOLER Examination West Midlands
Our experts have been working with forklift trucks for many years and know everything there is to know about the details of the LOLER examination itself and exactly how often an examination is required. If you’re not sure when individual forklifts within your business need to be LOLER tested then contact us and we’ll talk you through the rules. In basic terms they are as follows:
- Any forklift which works up to 40 hours per week and has no attachments beyond a sideshift – every 12 months.
- Any forklift which is used to elevate persons, even if only infrequently – every 6 months.
- Any attachment which is not permanently fitted to a forklift – every 6 months.
- Any forklift which works for more than 80 hours per week – every 4 months.
- Any forklift which works in a hazardous environment. This could include a marine environment, a corrosive chemical environment, during metal manufacturing or processing, during cement/aggregate processing or in the presence of abrasive particles or brine applications – every 4 months.
- Any attachment which is permanently attached to a truck will be subject to LOLER examinations to the same schedule as the truck itself.
Our knowledge of forklift trucks is matched by our understanding of the industries in which they operate and the legal responsibilities placed on businesses which use them. Having established when a LOLER examination needs to take place we can visit your premises to carry it out, minimising disruption and ensuring your forklifts and ancillary equipment are safe to use and legally compliant.
Forklift LOLER FAQ's:
LOLER is a government regulation for Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations. This regulation came into force on 5th December 1998. LOLER is in place to ensure that businesses using or owning lifting equipment are held to a set of duties and responsibilities to meet standards. Typically this is implemented alongside a PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations).
PUWER stands for The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. PUWER is in place to ensure that any equipment used in the workplace complies with the standards as set out to minimise risk and harm to users and property and is fit for purpose.
PUWER is for all businesses that use any work equipment and places duties and responsibilities on the business owner to maintain all equipment to a high standard to ensure it is fit for purpose. Failure to do so can result in heavy fines and even jail time. PUWER is often found in conjunction with LOLER as they are workplace guidelines and regulations that must be legally adhered to.
LOLER is in place to help minimise risks and ensure equipment is always safe to use. Lifting equipment is used to lift heavy loads and to access heights not accessible to persons. For this reason, there are many benefits to complying with LOLER.
- LOLER can help you to identify wear and tear and damage to your equipment, thus improving the safety for all who operate it at all times
- Complying with LOLER can be instrumental in reducing workplace injuries associated with improper care and the use of lifting equipment.
- LOLER is vital to ensuring all your employees and visitors are safe during their working day and aren't at risk of harm from simply carrying out their job role.
LOLER is a legal requirement, and each lifting apparatus you use needs to be examined for 6 or 12 months to comply with laws and regulations. Failure to do this can result in increased accidents and injuries and open you up to massive fines for noncompliance and even prosecution if someone is injured due to poorly maintained equipment.
A Forklift LOLER is a legal regulation that requires all forklifts to have Forklift Thorough Examinations every 12 months, 6 months if the forklift lifts people. As forklifts are used to lift items, they are required to comply with LOLER. LOLER testing is a legal requirement, and after every Thorough Examination, you should obtain a LOLER certificate upon being asked to meet all criteria.
As Forklifts are used for lifting goods, they are required to comply with LOLER regulations. LOLER covers all types of lifting equipment used in the workplace, and forklifts come under this umbrella.
A forklift needs a LOLER every 12 months, and each separate forklift needs to have a Thorough Examination to prove it meets LOLER and is fit for purpose. This is reduced to a 6 monthly examination should your lifting equipment lift people.
However, it is essential to note that LOLER testing isn't instead of or as a replacement for regular servicing and maintenance and in cases of heavy usage, you should carry out more regular inspections to identify any issues, faults or repairs that might need rectifying.
Any lifting equipment you operate in the workplace needs to have a LOLER. This includes;
- Elevating platforms
- Elevating hoists
It also includes elevating attachments such as fixings, anchoring and supporting attachments. It is important to note that the load itself, e.g. skips or pallets, do not need to comply with LOLER, just the apparatus used to elevate them.