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LOLER PROJECT 2011-2013

Development of European occupational training & assessment standards for registered Independent LOLER inspectors in the workplace

Background:

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Thorough examination of lifting equipment in Europe is a legal requirement and correctly undertaken can assist in preventing accidents and fatalities in the workplace. Reduction of accidents working at heights is currently the number one priority in a number of European countries. The 2009 statistics for the UK alone show over 4000 major injuries were caused by falls from height at work. Some of these accidents occurred due to equipment failure which could have been preventable if equipment had been thoroughly examined prior to use. This equipment includes ropes, harnesses, connection devices, mobile platforms, ladders etc. Many equipment inspection techniques are undertaken using visual, tactile and other sensory checks a more scientific approach particularly to rope inspection methods will be evaluated.

Also, an independent examination of competence for LOLER inspectors will be developed to help ensure that higher safety inspection standards and a reduction of associated accidents are maintained into the longer term.

Results:

Partners from Italy, UK, Czech Republic, Ireland & Spain successfully achieved the project objectives as follows:

  • To ensure that people using safety equipment for lifting operations or working at heights undertake appropriate daily inspections & comply with European law
  • To examine, develop new techniques and test work equipment suitable for LOLER inspections including non-destructive techniques
  • To develop a European LOLER training and assessment standard (different levels were actually developed)
  • To ensure that operator and inspector competence is certified at the European level by an appropriate awarding body (ABA International)
  • To ensure that LOLER inspectors are competently trained and examined in testing lifting equipment
  • To create & maintain a register of European LOLER inspectors to include a system for updating & CPD
  • Successful quality consortium, knowledge collaboration & added value certification