What Are The LOLER And PUWER Regulations

LOLER stands for the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations that were implemented by the UK government in 1998 to cover the use of hydraulic platforms that raise and lower with a person or materials on board. PUWER, on the other hand, stands for the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, which are often applied in conjunction with LOLER.


LOLER places responsibilities on companies and people that control, operate or own lifting equipment. In the majority of cases, different pieces of lifting equipment can also qualify as work equipment, and so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) will also need to be taken into account. All of the lifting operations completed in the workplace that involve lifting equipment are required to be carried out in a safe and secure manner, supervised appropriately and planned by an experienced and qualified expert.

Working At Height Legislation

Some of the compulsory working at height principles laid out in the LOLER and PUWER regulations (1998) include:

– All lifting equipment used in the workplace must be marked suitably.
– All lifting equipment used in the workplace must be deemed appropriate for the task and fit for purpose.
– All lifting equipment used in the workplace must be examined thoroughly on a regular basis.
– Employers are required to keep detailed records of examinations and any issues must be reported to the owner or operator of the equipment and the associated enforcing authority.

Our Accreditations

At Ability International, we are committed to remaining compliant with all relevant industry legislation, such as ISO, HSE and PUWER. We are also SafeContractor approved and are proud to be recognised as a qualified training provider for the safe use and inspection of equipment for work at height and as a manufacturer of scaffold towers and specialist access equipment for a wide range of customers.

Ability International has been providing customers all over the UK with practical and innovative working at height solutions since 1987. Our original and unique products are designed to prevent disruption in the workplace, so if you’re in need of a bespoke working at height product or service to meet your unique requirements, don’t hesitate to give our team a call today.

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