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LOLER Inspections for Drilling Rigs and Equipment

Equipe provides Competent Persons to carry out LOLER Thorough Examinations of lifting equipment, cable percussion rigs, dynamic sampling rigs (where required) and rotary rigs.

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What is LOLER?

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, 1998 replaced existing legal requirements relating to the use of lifting equipment, for example: the Construction (Lifting Operations) Regulations 1961, the Docks Regulations 1988 and the Lifting Plant and Equipment (Records of Test). The LOLER Regulations aim to reduce risks to people's health and safety from lifting equipment provided for use at work. In addition to the requirements of LOLER, lifting equipment is also subject to the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

"If you are an employer or self-employed person providing lifting equipment for use at work, or you have control of the use of lifting equipment, then the Regulations will apply to you."

What equipment is covered by the Regulations?

Lifting equipment includes any equipment used at work for lifting or lowering loads, including attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting. The Regulations cover a wide range of equipment including, cranes, fork-lift trucks, lifts and hoists, but also includes lifting accessories such as chains, slings and eyebolts, amongst other things.

"Equipment used at work for lifting or lowering loads, including attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it."

If we take the above words from LOLER into the drilling industry, it becomes far clearer what is covered:

Cable Percussion drillers should be all too familiar with the LOLER terminology and have been required to have lifting certification for their rigs for many years. However, the regulations go far beyond just a winch rope certificate as the whole rig structure assists the lift.

Rotary Rigs lift the drill string constantly, therefore fall under LOLER but not just the winch as many think, the whole rig is supporting the winch and therefore a LOLER inspection is a requirement for the whole rig not just the winch and cable.

Dynamic Sampling Rigs lift the drill string constantly and again the whole rig supports the lifting and therefore the inspection is required for the whole rig.

These types of rigs must be regularly inspected and carry a LOLER certificate and under PUWER are subject to an annual inspection. Under LOLER an annual examination is also required to be carried out by a trained and competent person and a valid Certificate of Thorough Inspection in place. A lifting test is only a requirement when the machinery is new or has been subject to repairs or modification.

To book a LOLER Inspection, click here...