There are additional legal requirements for lifting equipment used for work. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations cover any equipment used at work for lifting or lowering loads and the attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it. Examples are passenger lifts, forklift trucks, hoists, mobile elevating work platforms, and vehicle inspection platform hoists. It also includes rope access and positioning systems, such as that used in arboriculture, window cleaning and entertainment. The definition also includes lifting accessories such as chains, slings, eyebolts etc.
The Regulations require that lifting equipment and accessories are:
- suitable and strong enough for its intended use
- positioned to prevent risk of injury from the equipment or the load
- visibly marked with relevant safety information, such as its safe working load and, where relevant, its suitability for lifting people
- maintained in a safe condition
- thoroughly examined by a competent person at suitable intervals (see statutory inspections below)
In addition, lifting operations must be planned, supervised and carried out in a safe manner by people who are competent.