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Stillages and the Role of LOLER in Inspection Frequency

Understanding and adhering to the correct inspection frequency for stillages is crucial for operational safety and efficiency. At Lowe Stillages and Cages, we appreciate the necessity of guidelines to ensure that our products are reliable and conform to the highest safety standards. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) provide these regulations, dictating how often stillages should undergo thorough inspections. This blog post aims to shed light on the five key points that underscore how LOLER governs the inspection frequency of stillages.

Thorough Examination Requirement

LOLER regulations mandate that stillages undergo systematic and regular thorough examinations. Unlike routine inspections, thorough examinations provide an extensive evaluation of the stillages’ safety and compliance. A competent person, someone with a thorough understanding of the equipment and the skills to identify potential faults, conducts these examinations.

Risk-Based Approach

LOLER regulations utilise a risk-based approach to establish the frequency of thorough examinations for stillages. This approach considers various factors, including the type of stillage, the nature of the lifting operations, and the environmental conditions it’s subjected to. By assessing these variables, employers can create an appropriate inspection schedule that aligns with the potential risks associated with the stillages’ usage.

Manufacturer’s Recommendations

While LOLER provides general guidelines, the stillage manufacturers’ recommendations often guide the specific frequency of inspections. These recommendations take into account the specific design, materials, and expected usage of the stillages, helping owners to maintain their equipment optimally.

Usage Intensity and Conditions

LOLER acknowledges that stillages used more frequently or in harsher conditions may necessitate more frequent inspections. Intense usage or exposure to challenging environments can accelerate wear and tear, and increase the likelihood of damage, reinforcing the need for more regular examinations.

Record Keeping

Last but not least, LOLER regulations insist on meticulous record-keeping of all thorough examinations conducted on stillages. These records, which should detail examination dates, findings, identified defects, and the actions taken to remedy them, provide transparency and traceability, demonstrating compliance with LOLER regulations.

Adherence to these guidelines allows employers to comply effectively with LOLER regulations concerning the inspection frequency of stillages. By conducting regular and thorough examinations, employers can assure the safe, reliable, and compliant operation of stillages, significantly reducing the risks associated with their usage in lifting operations. At Lowe Stillages and Cages, we remain committed to the safest practices, emphasising the importance of understanding and following LOLER’s guidelines.