Lifting Equipment

Safety guidance relating to the use of lifting equipment.  Definitions and duties.

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER 98) calls for the thorough examination of any equipment used for lifting. Such equipment must be easily identified.                   


Lifting equipment

Includes cranes, mobile elevating work platforms, hoists, chain blocks, forklift trucks, truck tail lifts, or any other piece of work equipment that has as its principal function lifting and lowering.

Accessories for lifting

Includes chains, slings, shackles, eyebolts, etc.


Lifting equipment

Must be regularly maintained, marked with its safe working load, marked with an identifier and thoroughly examined every 12 months.

Accessories for lifting

Must be marked with their safe working load, marked with an identifier and thoroughly examined every 6 months.

Thorough examinations:

Will be carried out by a competent person. Star Refrigeration Ltd currently employ Royal and Sun Alliance as their competent person.  The competent person will produce a report of the thorough examination. This report can be used as the schedule of equipment and accessories. This report must be kept until the next report is made.

The following information must be readily available for each accessory or piece of lifting equipment (including hired-in equipment).


The name and address of the duty holder for whom the thorough examination was made


The address of the premises at which the thorough examination was made


Sufficient information to be able to identify the equipment


The date of the last thorough examination


The date when the next thorough examination is due


The safe working load of the equipment or (where its safe working load depends on the configuration of the equipment) its safe working load for each configuration.

The safe working load must be clearly marked on all lifting equipment and accessories (a certificate of test and examination specifying safe working loads must be available on request for all such equipment and accessories).

All equipment and accessories must be colour coded (green, blue, orange or red) to enable staff to identify easily equipment that is within test date. At each thorough examination the competent person should be instructed to remove existing colour code and replace it with a new colour. If the competent person refuses then Star shall remove and fit the colour code (tie-wrap). A sign will be prominently displayed to indicate to staff the current colour code. Equipment without a colour code must not be used.

Staff required to use cranes in the factory and branches, and other types of lifting equipment (chain blocks, Turfors, etc) on site, should be trained in the basic requirements for lifting and slinging.

All lifting equipment must be serviced by specialists annually.

All lifting operations on site must be contracted out on a contract lift basis and the procedure in RA055 followed. The only exception to the above is where the lift is simple and of limited load such as unloading or loading palletised goods from a truck with the use of a client provided fork lift truck and driver providing RA054 is complied with and checklist SF.815 Is completed.

Employees duties:

Only those persons named in the company register of crane operators/slingers may operate a crane or carry out slinging operations.

Only use current colour coded equipment and accessories.

Only use lifting equipment and accessories if the safe working load (SWL) is clearly displayed and you know to what extent the SWL will be reduced by the way in which you are going to use the equipment, and that after taking this into consideration the equipment or accessory is still capable of taking the weight of the item being lifted.

If you find equipment or accessories without current colour coding DO NOT USE IT please return it to your manager.

Visually inspect any lifting equipment or accessory before use and report damaged equipment to your manager. Remove damaged equipment from service immediately. DO NOT USE IT

Return lifting equipment and accessories to safe storage after use to keep it clean and available for inspection.

If arranging simple lifts, follow the requirements of RA054 and complete SF.815

Managers duties:

Ensure that you maintain an inventory of lifting equipment and accessories.

Ensure that you have initial load test certification for all lifting equipment and accessories.

Ensure that you have lifting equipment and accessories examined by a competent person as detailed above.

Ensure that lifting equipment and accessories are colour coded by the competent person at each examination and that you display prominently the current colour code.

Train those staff that use factory or branch cranes and any staff that use lifting equipment such as chain blocks and Turfors on site in their safe use. A one day lifting and slinging course is appropriate.

Keep a register of those staff you deem competent to operate and safely use cranes and lifting accessories.

Ensure that lifting equipment such as cranes and hoists are serviced on an annual basis.

Provide safe storage for lifting equipment and accessories.

Ensure that any site lifting operations are carried out on a contract lift basis and in accordance with RA055.

Ensure that where employees are arranging simple lifts that RA054 is complied with and that the engineer completes SF.815

Ensure that damaged equipment is quarantined and repaired or destroyed.

Monitor the safe use of lifting equipment and accessories during site visits.

When hiring lifting equipment and accessories ensure that it is accompanied with written proof of current thorough examination as above.

Last modified: Wednesday, 28 November 2012, 3:35 PM