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What's the difference between a LOLER and a PUWER?

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A true Thorough Examination covers two sets of Health & Safety regulations, commonly known as LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) and PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations), but what are these, what do they cover and what is the difference?

What is a LOLER?

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER 98) are the formal legal regulations for Thorough Examinations of lift trucks. This is required by law and is set out by the HSE. LOLER is required for all trucks that lift over 300mm and covers all the lifting mechanisms of a truck. Including:

  • Mast
  • Chains
  • Tilt mechanism
  • Forks
  • Carriage
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Controls
  • Rating plate

Find out more about a LOLER

What is a PUWER?

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98) ensures that work

 equipment remains safe to use. It requires that employers have a duty to perform regular inspections on all work equipment. PUWER covers:

  • Overhead guard or cab
  • Counterweight
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Brakes
  • Seat mountings
  • Steering
  • Seat restraint
  • Traction system

    LOLER check

(Blue - LOLER inspections, Red - PUWER)

It is important to note that not all Thorough Examinations cover both LOLER and PUWER, a CFTS certified Thorough Examination always covers both to ensure you are fully compliant. A CFTS examination ensures that your truck complies with both LOLER and PUWER regulations, covering all aspects of the truck.

Thorough examination: the facts


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