Vally Plant Training

Call: 0800 689 1793

Mobile: 07724 967694

Newton Farm Business Park

Ashchurch, Tewkesbury, Gloucester GL20 7BE

Vally Plant Training

Call: 0800 689 1793

Mobile: 07724 967694
Vally Plant Training

Call: 0800 689 1793

Mobile: 07724 967694

Newton Farm Business Park

Ashchurch, Tewkesbury, Gloucester GL20 7BE

Thorough Examination

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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.

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 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.

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 About NPORS Training

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

Open Courses

Excavator Below 10t Test only

on 23rd July, 2 spaces available

Roller 3 Day Novice Course 

28-30th July, 2 spaces available

Dumper 3 Day Novice Course

3-5th August, 2 spaces available

Excavator Below 10t Test Only

On 6th August 3 Spaces Available

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

In house certificates: suitable as proof of operator competence accepted for insurance and HSE compliance.