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Stage Systems LOLER & PUWER Inspection

What is PUWER? as taken from HSE Documentation.

  • PUWER – Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 covers an employers duty to ensure work equipment is maintained and safe to use.


What is LOLER? as taken from HSE documentation.

  • LOLER – Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 cover Lifting equipment such and raise and lower lighting bars, hemp and winch sets all require regular inspection and testing to comply with current regulations.

  • The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, otherwise known as LOLER is a thorough examination of lifting equipment that is carried out by a competent person.

  • The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations requires that all operations relating to lifting equipment must be accurately planned by a competent person, supervised appropriately and carried out in a safe manner to prevent the risk of injury.

  • LOLER also requires that all equipment involved with lifting should be fit for purpose, appropriate for the job and suitably marked, with maintenance records and any damages reported.


  • An assessment of the risks at work associated with the lifting equipment must be able to be identified where the provision for thorough examination and inspection within LOLER applies.

  • The thorough examination must be carried out by a competent person, who is independent and impartial to allow objective decisions to be made and LOLER inspection before the use of the lifting equipment in the workplace.


  • LOLER applies every time lifting equipment is used in the workplace, regardless of whether the equipment is owned by you or not.

  • To comply with LOLER, the lifting equipment must have passed a thorough examination by a competent person.

  • It must be marked with its Safe Working Load, as well as any characteristics that might affect the safe use of the equipment.


What equipment do I need to get tested?

Lifting equipment includes any equipment used in the workplace for lifting loads or lowering loads. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations cover any lifting equipment used in the workplace, although some equipment is not considered as lifting equipment and therefore not subject to LOLER.

LOLER covers a wide range of equipment including:

- Forklifts trucks
- Lifts
- Hoists
- Cranes
- Mobile elevating work platforms
- Vehicle inspection platform hoists
- Scissor lifts

- Counterweight flying sets.

- Electric & manual SWR hoists

- SFX lifting Machines

LOLER regulations also cover lifting accessories including:

- Chains
- Slings
- Ropes
- Eyebolts


- Wedge sockets,

- Reutlinger,

- Turn Buckle screws.

 and more

In accordance with LOLER standards, all lifting equipment within the workplace should be positioned to reduce any risks, as far as reasonably practicable, of the equipment or load striking a person, or of the load drifting, falling freely or being unintentionally released.



To comply with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, the lifting equipment must have passed a thorough examination by a competent person and received a LOLER certificate.

Thorough examinations should be carried out within the following timescale:

- 6 months - for  ALL lifting appliances & accessories used to lift people.

- 6 months - for all lifting accessories

- 12 months - for all other lifting appliances and fixed equipment


  • The cost of the LOLER inspection depends on the size and complexity of the equipment being inspected.

  • This can be anything from a sling of shackle taking a few minutes to a counterweight set and  winch system needing a much longer duration.

  • Once you have a list of the lifting equipment onsite we can provide a detailed costing.

  • If you need help creating /curating that list Smart Axis can help you.


  • Smart Axis draw up a testing scope document, asset ID register based on the accessories and appliances offered up for inspection.

  • Smart Axis create a bespoke user database & client interface on our online certification software.

  • The client receives access to the database for the duration of the contract, allowing access to the current in service certification and compliance.

How much does an inspection cost?

Smart Axis Service and ongoing support.

Lloyds British
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