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Certificates of Thorough Examination

Certificates of Thorough Examination

Accidents involving faulty lifting equipment or accessories are common in workplaces all over Britain.  Lifting equipment can range from a small winch to an enormous tower crane, from a patient lifting device to a cherry picker.  There is one thing each and every piece of lifting equipment has in common and that is the necessity to be tested at intervals specified in the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment (or LOLER) Regulations.

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations aim to make working environments safer for everyone using and coming into contact with lifting equipment: employers and employees, contractors and others. 


Like all regulations, they need to be studied closely. The words have been chosen carefully and sometimes have a precise legal meaning.  M.E.L. will clarify when terms are used precisely and when you need to interpret and apply the requirements of a regulation to your situation.


Thorough Examination and Inspection


Regulation 9 concerns the thorough examination of lifting equipment: the detailed and specialised examination by a competent person. The examination required by this regulation is similar to thorough examinations required by previous sector-specific legislation such as the Factories Act 1961.


The Regulation is in seven parts.  Parts 1-4 contain the main provisions for the thorough examination of lifting equipment:
  • Before it is put into service for the first time;
  • after installation or reassembly;
  • during its exposure to conditions which cause deterioration; AND
  • of the requirement for evidence of the last such examination when the equipment is used outside the undertaking

Parts 5-7 deal with exclusions and matters relating to previous regulations.


M.E.L. can prepare a report in accordance with Schedule 1 of the LOLER Regs containing the following items:

  • The name and address of the employer for whom the thorough examination was made.
  • The address of the premises at which the thorough examination was made.
  • Particulars sufficient to identify the lifting equipment including, where known, its date of manufacture.

  • The date of the last thorough examination.

  • The safe working load of the lifting equipment or (where its safe working load depends on the configuration of the lifting equipment) its safe working load for the last configuration in which it was thoroughly examined.