Lift Inspection and Engineering Insurance

Lift InspectionIf you occupy a building with a lift, this must be inspected by law. This is fairly well known, however if you are a tenant in a building with a lift installed and your landlord has the lift inspected, you must make sure you have a copy of the certificate. In the event a member of staff is injured in a lift and statutory inspection has not been carried out, you could become responsible. Accidents can occur in many different ways – sudden drops or jerks can cause back or fall injuries, failure to level correctly can cause a trip incident or in the worse case, clothing can get caught in the door mechanism.  The danger is significant and has lead to sever deaths in recent years. Be aware and speak to your landlord. Do not leave your business at risk. Business needs to be aware of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). This regulation came into force on the 5th December 1989 and is designed to reduce the risk to peoples health and safety from lifting equipment provided to be used at work. In addition to the LOLER requirements, lifting equipment is also subject to the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). It is expected a business carries out all lifting operations are carried out in a safe manner by competent people.  For further information relating to the lifting regulations visit here for a Health and Safety guide from the HSE.

To discuss this or any other Health & Safety issue relating to your insurance contact us on 01707 883377 or email us on or visit our Insurance Risk Management page here

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