Thorough Examination Of Lifting Plant And Equipment

Safe and successful lifting operations depend, in large part, on the continued safety and maintenance of the lifting equipment and accessories used. Failures in equipment can result in significant or even fatal injuries. Health and safety law, therefore, places specific obligations on those providing, controlling and using lifting equipment to manage these risks.

This course is carried out on site, at the customer’s premises.

Course Content

  • Outline of PUWER
  • Outline of LOLER
  • Areas of responsibility
  • Inspection of:
    • mechanical equipment
    • Hydraulic equipment
    • lifting equipment
  • Practical inspection exercises
  • Recording inspections
  • Certification
  • Reporting defects.

Who Should Attend

The thorough examination course is suitable for candidates with a background in engineering as well as several years’ experience in plant maintenance, who want to be nominated, as a competent person to inspect lifting plant and equipment.

When should thorough examinations be carried out?

To verify that lifting equipment and accessories remain safe for use, and to detect and remedy any deterioration in good time, thorough examinations are required, throughout the lifetime of the equipment.

Including examinations:

  • before use for the first time – unless the equipment has an EC Declaration of Conformity less than one year old and the equipment has not been assembled on site. If it was assembled on site, it must be examined by a competent person to ensure that the assembly (e.g. a platform lift installed in a building) was completed correctly and safely
  • after assembly and before use at each location – for equipment that requires assembly or installation before use, e.g. tower cranes
  • regularly, while in service – required if the equipment is exposed to conditions that can cause deterioration and is likely to result in dangerous situations. Most lifting equipment will be subject to wear and tear and so will need regular in-service examination. Some may be exposed, to significant environmental conditions which may cause further deterioration. You have a choice:
    • arrange for a thorough examination to be carried out at the intervals specified by LOLER (every 6 or 12 months, depending on the equipment – see below), or
    • conduct examinations in accordance with an examination scheme, drawn up by a competent person
  • following exceptional circumstances – liable to jeopardise the safety of lifting equipment, which may include:
    • damage or failure
    • being out of use for prolonged periods
    • major changes, which are likely to affect the equipment’s integrity (e.g. modifications, or replacement/repair of critical parts)
Course Cost

£795.00 per person minimum of 2 candidates

Course Duration

A 3 day course developed by Vally Plant Training and accredited by NPORS under their “P codes”. Candidates will learn about legislation, responsibilities, inspection procedures and reporting methods in order to inspect lifting plant and equipment.

    • Traditional card – lasts for 5 years and is mainly accepted with housebuilders, utilities, port and marine as proof of competence OR
    • NPORS card with CSCS logo – accepted by all major building contractor’s. The initial card is the RED trained operator card which lasts for 2 years and can be upgraded to BLUE competent operator card further to completion of relevant NVQ.
  • In house certificates: suitable as proof of operator competence accepted for insurance and HSE compliance.

If you require the NPORS Red operator card with the CSCS logo on then you must have completed the operatives health and safety test within the last two years.

Why Book Your Test With VPT
  • Training Available 7 days a week to suit your business requirements.
  • VPT have a team of friendly and approachable instructors, who have a wealth of knowledge of Thorough Examination and the construction industry
  • We have our own training centre conveniently located close to the M5 junction 9, In Tewkesbury. With its own purpose-built practical training area to simulate an actual working environment.   
  • Our training and test packages are priced to be competitive. Discounts are available for multiple bookings
  • We can send a fully qualified NPORS Tester to your site nationwide, to reduce the amount of time away from work
More Information

For further details on the Thorough Examination training and to book your place, please contact us or call 01684 297167.

What is a ‘thorough examination’ under LOLER?

It’s a systematic and detailed examination of the equipment and safety-critical parts carried out at specified intervals by a competent person who must then complete a written report. This report must contain the information required by LOLER Schedule 1, including:

  • the examination date
  • the date when the next thorough examination is due
  • any defects found which are (or could potentially become) a danger to people

Where serious defects are identified the competent person carrying out the examination must immediately report this verbally to the duty holder. This should then be followed by the written report, a copy of which must also be sent, to the relevant enforcing authority.