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Goods Lift LOLER Inspection: Ensure Compliance and Safety

Goods Lift LOLER Inspection engineer reviewing door mechanism

Lifting equipment plays a crucial role in many industries, from construction and manufacturing to hospitality and healthcare. To keep the risks of injury to a minimum, the LOLER inspection regulations were introduced in 1998. LOLER stands for Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations and its purpose is to ensure that lifting equipment is safe and fit for purpose.

The LOLER regulations require all lifting equipment to be subject to regular inspections and maintenance. It covers all lifting equipment including the goods lifts and dumbwaiters that we sell here at UK Service Lifts. In this post we’ll talk you through the key about a LOLER inspection.

Key Takeaways 

  • LOLER is a set of regulations designed to ensure that lifting equipment is safe and fit for purpose.
  • All lifting equipment used at work must be subject to regular inspection and maintenance to ensure that it is safe to use.
  • Lift equipment which transports people requires an inspection every 6 months
  • Lift equipment which only transports goods requires an inspection every 12 months
  • Inspections must be carried out by a competent person who has been trained to identify any defects or potential problems with the equipment.

What is a Goods Lift LOLER Inspection?


A regular and thorough inspection of lifting equipment. In our case, Goods Lifts, which are in operation in a restaurant, hospital, hotel or other place of work.

Competent Person

The inspection should be carried out by a competent person who has the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to identify any defects or potential hazards. We have a team of trained and experienced engineers who are qualified to carry out the Goods Lift LOLER Inspections.


The Goods Lift equipment needs to be tested to ensure that it is in good working order and any issues resolved quickly.


Detailed records must be kept of all examinations, including the date of the examination, the name of the competent person who conducted the work, and the results of the examination. In addition, any repairs or maintenance carried out on the equipment, as well as any modifications or alterations made to the equipment must be recorded.

Once the LOLER inspection is complete, the equipment will be classed as LOLER compliant.

Why is a LOLER Inspection Important?

A Goods Lift LOLER inspection is a legal requirement and comes under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The directors of the company owning the lift equipment are responsible for the maintenance, correct use and inspection.

How often should Lifts be inspected?

The HSE advises 2 inspections are required for any equipment that move people but every 12 months for lifting equipment that transports goods only.

More thorough investigations should be performed if significant modifications such as a change to the number of floors served are carried out.

Goods Lift LOLER Inspection engineer examining a lift in a shaft
Goods Lift LOLER Inspection engineer examining a lift in a shaft

Who is a Competent Person able to do Goods Lift LOLER Inspections?

A competent person is someone who has adequate theoretical knowledge and practical experience with the lifting equipment they will be examining. They must be able to plan, supervise, and carry out lifting operations in a safe manner, as well as identify and report any defects or hazards.

We specialise in Goods and Service Lifts and our sister company Anglian Lifts focus on stairlifts and home lifts. Hence, our companies offer LOLER inspections for those lifts we are specialists in.

LOLER Assessment Checks

During the LOLER inspection, the competent person will carry out a range of checks including:

  • Visual examination: A visual inspection of the dumbwaiter, service or goods lift will be carried out to check for any signs of wear, tear, damage or defects.
  • Functional checks: They will test the equipment to ensure that it is lifting and lowering correctly and that all safety features are working as they should be.
  • Measurements of wear: The competent person will measure the wear on the equipment to ensure that it is within acceptable limits and replacement lift parts will be procured if necessary.
  • Load testing: A Goods Lifts LOLER inspection also includes a load test to ensure that the equipment can safely lift the maximum load that it is designed to lift.

Our Goods Lift LOLER inspection process is thorough and designed to ensure that all equipment is inspected and maintained to the highest standards. We understand the importance of ensuring that all lifting equipment is safe for use for your employees and customers.

Helping you Maintain Safety and Quality

UK Service Lifts can provide regular LOLER inspections and employee training to make sure there is minimal disruption your operations.

Training is an essential part of maintaining lifting equipment. We can provide it for existing Goods Lifts or new lifts once the equipment is in place.

LOLER inspections and checks are key to maintaining safety. We will work together with you to ensure that lifting operations are carried out in a safe and efficient manner. We hope this gives you a good idea of what is expected, if you have any questions, please contact us. We are always happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Goods Lifts LOLER Certificate For?

A Goods Lift LOLER certificate is a document that confirms that your Goods Lift has been inspected and is safe to use. The certificate is issued by a competent person who has carried out a thorough examination of the equipment.

What are the 3 main principles of LOLER?

The three main principles of LOLER are:

  • All lifting equipment must be strong and stable enough for the particular use and marked to indicate safe working loads.
  • The people operating the equipment must be competent and trained to use it safely.
  • Equipment must be regularly inspected and maintained to ensure it remains safe to use.

What is the purpose of LOLER?

The purpose of LOLER is to ensure that lifting equipment is safe to use and that people who work with it are protected from the risk of injury. The regulations apply to all businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not.

How often should LOLER inspections be carried out?

LOLER inspections should be carried out at least every six months for lifting equipment that is used for lifting people, and every 12 months for all other lifting equipment. However, the frequency of inspection may need to be increased depending on the nature of the equipment and how often it is used.

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