When do the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) apply?
LOLER applies to work equipment used for lifting operations (ie ‘operations concerned with the lifting or lowering of a load’). The Regulations also apply to the safe installation, marking and thorough examination / inspection of lifting equipment. These requirements must be met by employers, the self-employed and by people who have control over work equipment. The recording of examinations and inspections is also required by LOLER, and those conducting them have duties under the Regulations for reporting serious defects – both to the user and to the relevant enforcing authority.