LOLER Inspections

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations

Lifting Equipment & Hoists

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 or LOLER is probably one of the more recognisable regulations governing the care provider.

Martlet Mobility Services Ltd provide a fully compliant service from our qualified engineer through the “Thorough Examination” process and our Annual Weight Testing service where necessary.

Our service schedules cover standard patient hoist, ceiling hoist or stand aid with two visits - the six-monthly inspections and the annual LOLER test.  This will also ensure that Nursing Homes and other business users are following hoist regulations.

For people being cared for in their own homes, your carers may require this type of plan but in general, hoists in private dwellings are not legally required to be tested. However, peace of mind and believe that this actually saves money in the long run as your hoist will be better maintained.

Following the Government Health and Safety Executive LOLER requirements, we provide a 6 monthly inspections and an annual service. The annual service will include a load test and our engineer will provide full LOLER certification. These regular checks will make sure that your hoist is maintained in excellent condition.

We are fully DBS checked and receive on-going training to ensure up-to-date knowledge of patient hoists along with industry regulations. We are here to look after you. If you have a wide range of equipment that needs looking after,

Please give us a call for a competitive quote.


To Summaries:


  • Hoist Servicing and Load Testing (LOLER)

  • Fully trained engineers.

  • Competitive servicing charges.

  • Peace of mind, we arrange service and testing when it is due.

  • Annual mandatory safety certificates issued.

  • Inspectorate guidelines.

  • Hoists correctly load tested to manufacturers’ safety requirements (not an engineer swinging on the hoist!).

  • All hoists kept on our database.

Health and Safety Regulations.
The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. No. 2307 December 5th 1998 (LOLER)
The above regulations specify that all hoists (including, mobile hoists, bath hoists and overhead hoists) are to be thoroughly examined at least once every six months by a “competent person”. In practice this means:
  • Hoists that are used every day should be checked every six months.
  • Hoists that are used occasionally, for example a mobile used for emergency lifting from the floor, need only be serviced every 12 months.
  • If there is a “competent” person in house who can be nominated to check over the hoists thoroughly between annual services, this should be acceptable to the Health and Safety Officer.
  • The hoist needs to be serviced annually. This service must include a load test in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. This needs to be carried out by a qualified engineer who will issue a safety certificate.