Quick Guide 

What is the frequency of a LOLER Inspection? If fact what's the frequency of any Statutory Engineering Inspection? Heres a helpful little Inspection guide for all your equipment. Regulations do change so please always refer to http://www.hse.gov.uk. 

L.O.L.E.R. DesignationLOLER Frequency
Accessory for lifting (Chains strops etc)Every 6 Months
Equipment used to lift peopleEvery 6 Months
All other lifting EquipmentEvery 12 Months

Equipment DescriptionMinimum Inspection Frequency (Under LOLER, PUWER & COSHH)
Axle StandsNot normally 
Chain Blocks12 Months
Cranes 12 Months
Engine Stands12 Months
Eye Bolts6 Months
Transmission Jacks12 Months
Bottle / Trolley Jacks12 Months
Hydraulic Press12 Months
Lifting Slings / Chains (Classed as ancillaries)6 Months
Ramps 12 Months
Rapid Deployment Trailer (RDT)12 Months
Recovery Trucks12 Months
Recovery Spec Lifts12 Months
Recovery Cranes12 Months
Towing Equipment (Dollies)12 Month
Tail Lifts (Lifting Persons)6 Months
Tipper Rams12 Months
Tow Ropes6 Months
Tow Bars6 Months
Vehicle Lifts6 or 12 Months depending on use
Wheel Lifts12 Months
Winch12 Months
Compressors (PSSR)24 Months
Forklifts12 Months 
Crane Load test1 Year to 4 Year as part of a LOLER Schedule, normally with a LOLER Inspection.
Telehandlers, Tractors & JCBs12 Months

N.B. These are the minimum and the true frequency should be based on  the outcome of risk assessment carried out be a competent person

How often do I need to carry out Statutory Engineering Inspections?

The Government has set out a guide for the minimum frequency. The HSEs OC 803/69  "Application of the provision and use of work equipment regulations 1998 and the lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations 1998 to motor vehicle repair" can be found here,  (see left PDF copy) but they also state that the frequency should be based on  the outcome of risk assessment carried out be a competent person. You may wish to increase the frequency if, for example, you operate machines in hazardous environments. We can arrange a risk assessment of your site to determine what we believe to be a safe maintenance schedule and inspection frequency.


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What we can inspect:

  • Cranes
  • Vehicle mounted cranes
  • Loose equipment (chains shackles etc)
  • Garage Equipment (2 post lifts etc)
  • Forklifts, side loaders & Reachstackers 
  • Recovery Vehicles
  • Winches
  • Compressors with pressure vessels
  • Hydraulic presses & Jacks
  • Exhaust ventilation systems
  • roller shutter doors
  • Skip lifting vehicles
  • excavators
  • Big Big plant equipment 
  • ....... and most stuff in-between..

When possible a full thorough examination will be carried out covering both LOLER & PUWER