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Our New Digital Marketing Executive

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Hoist UK are delighted to announce the appointment a new Digital Marketing Executive as the business continues to undergo further growth.

Eve Pybis has been appointed to the newly created role to provide support to the busy sales team and manage the businesses marketing function. Eve brings with her a wealth of experience in marketing planning, communications and campaign management across online channels and is a valuable addition to the Hoist UK team.

Tony Dickson, Director at Hoist UK said “We are delighted that Eve has joined our expanding team, her wealth of marketing experience will further strengthen the business and contribute to further driving the business forward”

Eve Pybis, Digital Marketing Executive at Hoist UK added “I am delighted to have joined Hoist UK at such an exciting time for the company. Their excellent reputation for technical knowledge and expertise combined with their continuous reinvestment in the business puts them in a strong position in the market, and I’m looking forward to helping drive further growth in our target sectors”.

White Light Supplies Ipswich Theatres with Brand-New Motor Rigging System

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Built in the 1880‘s, the Corn Exchange is one of Ipswich’s premiere entertainment complexes. Featuring stunning Victorian architecture, the venue regularly houses theatre productions and a variety of entertainment shows. A short walk from the Corn Exchange is the Regent Theatre, which is East Anglia’s largest theatre and has an auditorium that holds 1,500 people. To facilitate the various productions in each building, both venues decided to invest in a new motor rigging system. As the technical solution specialist, White Light was called upon to oversee the entire installation.

The project was led by WL’s Engineering Manager Patrick Lockwood. He comments: “We won the tender to provide new motors to Ipswich’s Corn Exchange and the Regent Theatre. We have worked on similar projects in the past, such as the LoadGuard Motors we installed in the Great Hall at Central Hall Westminster, so are fully aware of what various spaces require and what to do in order to achieve this”.

The previous motors were the non VBG 8+ type so needed secondary lock-offs which both venues found were no longer practical and did not fulfil their health and safety standards. These needed replacing with something that was not only suitable but complied to the venues’ regulations and came within budget.

Before and After

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Patrick states: “There were three areas in which we worked. These were the stage truss grid and auditorium in the Corn Exchange along with the stage in the Regent Theatre. For the auditorium, this had a very old static lighting structure directly above it meaning that any time additional equipment needed to be added this would require a cherry picker, which obviously wasn’t very practical”.

Patrick visited the site and, after speaking with Steve Bridgeman, the venues’ Building Services Engineer, decided that the Stagemaker BGV D8+ and wall mounted controllers supplied by Hoist UK were the ideal solution.

Patrick adds: “The Stagemaker SR has what is known as a ‘Perfect Push’, which is five pocket load wheels fitted with five intermediate teeth. This innovation means improved chain guiding and chain flow, reducing the risk of chain jamming. Similarly, they have double brake as standard which means they are extremely safe and comply with VBG 8+ regulations and all hoist motors have integral thermal protection to prevent overheating. They are also very reasonably priced and easy-to-use meaning they were perfect for both theatres”.

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A Day in the Life of…Colin Jones

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Position at HUK?

Well there’s a question I don’t know to be honest as I have not officially been given one but I suppose I would call myself Technical Sales Engineer.

I have been in this industry for almost 25 years having started my career at Chester Chain having a temporary contract for only 2 months due to the full time fitter being on long term sickness, I was repairing all types of lifting gear. I then sat my entry level LEEA’S in them days it was in 2 parts.

I passed both of those and I was offered a full time position due to the chap I was covering was not coming back.

To cut a long story short I became Site test Engineer, Site Charge Hand, Site Foreman, Site Manager and finished there as General Manager.

How Long At This Roll?

I only joined HUK in March of this year, I have personally known Paul, Tony & Louise for many years

And also other members of staff like Phil, Lynn and Kerry so my first day was totally un-nerving and very much relaxing.

Working at HUK is like having an extension of my family we all work closely and everyone gets on.

I must say I’ve been very welcomed.

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How did you first hear about Hoist UK?

Firstly through hoist enquiries etc. in our trade there are not that many companies left out there and we are a specialised industry.

I have seen HUK grow over the years I first visited them at their small unit in the Croft, Bromborough.

And many times when they moved to Wrynose road.

When they moved into the present site here at Moreton I got invited to have a look round and was given a guided tour by Paul never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to now be working here.

I must admit it’s one of the better decisions I’ve ever made.

What’s a typical day at Hoist UK look like to you?

To be honest very typical of the environment I’m used to, but more up to date with much better facilities and systems in place.

Also a much happier place to work after some of the characters I used to work alongside (we’ll leave that one there I think!!). I enjoy being busy and some of the projects and jobs I get involved in are very interesting.

What has been your favourite project/What is your favourite part of the job?

Well I haven’t been here long enough yet to be able to comment on this, as previous authors

‘Of this A day in the life of’ feature but I try to get involved in most projects and jobs.

I suppose the job to date would be a large production facility in the north west. I initially carried out a site visit, from there a quotation and got the job I then assisted on the installation with the lads on site.

I get a real buzz from every order I get whatever its value and I think the day that buzz goes it’s time to pack in.

What’s your favourite book?

I would like to say the Kama sutra I always said it would be my ambition to try every position in the book!

BUT I still haven’t finished page one yet!!! You never know I may get to finish the book or certainly page one!! (dream dream dream).

But seriously not a big reader never seem to have the time.

What’s your favourite Film

Please don’t laugh but it’s got to be Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory with the late Gene Wilder, I have my own DVD of it even though it’s shown on TV regularly, brilliant film.

I also enjoy Netflix box sets and have recently watched ‘Prison Break’ and ‘Breaking Bad ’

I do like to watch old black & white films especially the British made ones I have a great collection of my own.

What was the first single you bought?

Gilbert O’sullivan ‘Alone Again’

I do have quite a reserved taste in music (Just an old fashioned Lad at heart)

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Well as most people who know me will tell you Car Rallying it tend s to take up a lot of my spare time, preparing the car, repairs etc.

Hoist UK have been one of my sponsors on the car and van for the last 7 years so even through my hobby there has been a connection. We just finish New Brighton Promenade Stages last weekend and finished 45th O/A out of 98 cars and won trophies for ‘ Best Presented Car ‘

This was the first time out in this car having sold the Peugeot 306 and first time out since my Heart attack back in November.

Finally if you were stuck on a dessert island what 3 things would you want?

  1. Luxury Log Cabin with all amenities.
  2. Wi-Fi.
  3. A Nymphomaniac who’s Dad owns a Pub 🙂

Hoist UK Design, Manufacture & Install Bespoke Crane System

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Hoist UK are a manufacturer and supplier of lifting and handling equipment for the industrial and entertainment market sectors and have recently designed, supplied, installed & commissioned a bespoke overhead crane system at a large manufacturing plant in the North West.

A simple task one would have thought for one of the country’s leading suppliers and installers of industrial lifting equipment until the client explains that the facility is already finished, jam packed with machinery, ducting and conveyor equipment and in full production. The area is also in a highly sensitive / secretive production facility that also requires a heightened state of cleanliness throughout installation and during use. Oh, and finally the installation has to be completed within a very tight schedule so as not to disrupt production, then the simple just became a little more difficult.

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No stranger to the extraordinary (one look at their website will confirm this), the Hoist UK team set about a design that would weave its way through a maze of duct and pipework and was both simple & practical to install and above all met the timescale and specification from the client.

Hoist UK Technical Sales Engineer, Colin Jones says: “The crane system has a safe working load of 500kg, runway length of 19.5m, and 3.5m span supported by four separate goal post structures, which were mounted avoiding all the site obstructions and pipework, which could not be moved. The system was installed for maintenance of machines which are running 24/7 and the system was successfully installed during in a tight shutdown and maintenance schedule on site.

“Whilst we are unable to divulge who the customer was, they were very happy with the crane system which was installed and commissioned over a three day installation period on their site” comments Hoist UK Technical Director Paul Jordan. “The crane system is a variable speed powered bridge crane fitted with a Verlinde VR electric chain hoist with radio control function” he adds.

“Hoist UK are not only able to provide standard equipment to suit our customer’s needs, but we are also able to supply specialist and bespoke products manufactured here in the United Kingdom using our own in house design and manufacturing facilities. We are UKAS accredited to ISO9001, ISO18001 & ISO14001, and to give the customers additional peace of mind we are also Achilles registered and are SMAS approved installers, our company motto Safety Above All says it all” added General Manager Louise Dickson

Hoist UK is a full member of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association).

LEEA is established across the globe as the respected and authoritative representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide.

For more information on our specialist range of lifting structures and appliances, please contact: sales@hoistuk.com

For further information visit: www.hoistuk.com or contact: info@hoistuk.com

A Day In The Life of…..Louise Dickson

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

We would like you to get to know our team here at Hoist UK…We will be running a series of

‘A Day in the Life of…’

through our news page & social media accounts. Next under the spotlight is our General Manager, Louise Dickson

Position at HUK?

General Manager – I unintentionally followed in my fathers footsteps. I was 18 and didn’t take to the university lifestyle, I’d never thought about a career in the lifting industry (My DADS industry…!) I guess I saw it as a male-oriented profession.”  I was at a point where the job I was doing was boring and mundane, and having known of past projects that my dad had been involved in, I thought lets give this a go. At first, it was tough, I never expected to still be here 8 years later but here I am —and I’ve not looked back.

How long in this role?

Well I have been working for the company for 8 years, starting off by just answering the phone and taking the simple enquiries, (oh and making cups of tea for my dad & Paul) My dad had me trained well…I’ve been making his tea since I could boil the kettle 🙂

Having taken a keen interest into the business, over the years I’ve learned a great deal about the industries that we work in, and I have in the last two years passed five on my LEEA examinations.

My official title is now General Manager, but we all do whatever it takes here to get the job done, from quoting projects, doing site visits, driving the fork lift truck, and packing boxes.

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How did you first hear about Hoist UK?

As discussed above, it’s my dads business with his partner Paul. I was aware of what he did, and as a 16 year old teenie bopper, I had a keen interest in some of the projects he worked on. He would come home and tell us about the equipment Tomcat had supplied for all the major tours and big artists at the time. We would watch TV and I would point out all the clever stuff my dad had been involved in making to all my friends.
I can remember him pointing proudly at the TV when the BRITs were televised in 2002, telling us all about the lifting and rigging equipment. For the record, it was the year Shaggy took home the International Male Solo Artist award, and ‘performed’ Me Julie on a flying gold bed 🙂

What does a typical day at Hoist UK look like to you?

My day is different every day here at Hoist UK. I can spend days at a time working on big tender projects, or a few minutes working on a spare parts quote. Other days I will travel around the country visiting clients, or attending site visits and measuring up for jobs. There really isn’t a day that is ever the same. Some days I have my accounts hat on, other days I have my sales hat on. But it keeps the job interesting having such a varied workload.

What has been your favourite project / What is your favourite part of the job?

I don’t actually remember specific details of a project, but I do find the entertainment industry more interesting, and I love hearing about the venues that our equipment is being installed in. From a small lighting bar in a school, to a full performer flying system for the likes of Boyzone or other top celebrities. The industrial side of the business is also very interesting, visiting big food processing plants, and factories seeing how things are manufactured etc. It’s certainly an interest I never thought I would have back when I was in school.

What is your favourite book?

This is a difficult question, as I don’t read as much as an adult as I did as a child. But I’d say, going back to my childhood the BFG was one of my favourites, and I’m excited about the new film that is due out at the end of this month. Although they never do capture everything your imagination has to offer from reading a book.

What Is your favourite film?

OK, so this is a bit stereotypical and cringe worthy, but it has to be Dirty Dancing. I remember having the VHS as a child, my dad had recorded it off the telly, and it had the adverts running between various parts of the film. Even when I watch it now, I remember the parts of the film when the adverts would start…and I know pretty much all the words…not so much all the moves with my two left feet 🙂

What was the first single you bought?

Hmmm…the first single I remember knowing all the words to was by Donnie and Marie Osmond, the morning side of the mountain. My mum had it on one of them small records, before tapes & CD’s, we used to sing into our hairbrushes, and put the handle back on the start of the record over and over again. But the first single I actually remember buying, must have been a Take That album. Quite possibly still a guilty pleasure of mine!!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Well, I love to keep fit. Running and Yoga are my favourite things to do after work to unwind from the busy days. I recently completed a half marathon for charity and raised over £1500.00 for a hospice that is close to my heart. But spending time with my family & friends is what I enjoy most.

Finally, if you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you want?

Does a lifetime supply of fine red wine count as one? If so, I’ll take the wine supply, along with a cheese and biscuits supply, and my boyfriend <3

A Day in the Life of….Tony Dickson

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

We would like you to get to know our team here at Hoist UK…We will be running a series of

‘A Day in the Life of…’

through our news page & social media accounts. First up is one of our directors, Tony Dickson.

Position at HUK?

Proprietor / Director – well you might think that’s a bit pretentious so let’s break it down; I’m the guy that has to pay the bills, puts food on the table of lot’s of families, the guy that worries about health and safety and staff welfare and the one that gets chased by the tax man, HSE and staff if I don’t do these jobs, the ideas man, the accountant, FLT driver, electrician, salesman, packer, labourer, cleaner, manager, counsellor, therapist & mentor.

How long in this role?

Well in November this year the company will be 10 years old, I have been here from the start along with my fellow director Paul Jordan, from when we used to share a shoebox of an office with rented laptops through to todays 10,000 sq ft workshop, offices and staff, and I probably will be here long into the future long after a sane man would have retired because this is my passion.

How did you first hear about Hoist UK?

Well, as I have said I started the company with Paul Jordan, it didn’t exist until our previous employment was sold out from under us and it didn’t have a name at that point, to be honest the hardest part about setting up the company was not the step into the unknown or risking everything it was actually naming the company, we went through hundreds of ideas and turned them down either because after thinking about it we didn’t like them or because we did like them but when we checked at Companies House the names were taken or the web domains were taken etc. I remember sitting with Paul exasperated staring around the room trying to think of something and spotting The Hoist magazine on the desk then saying to Paul “we need something simple that says what we do just like that Hoist magazine over there” – BOOM, Hoist UK Ltd was named and formed there and then.

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What does a typical day at Hoist UK look like to you?

Well, you have seen the job title above ….. Hoist UK are more of a projects company rather than a stockist or distributor and we get involved with all sorts of projects across many industries; each day there is a different or several different challenges, we may be asked for anything from a performer flying track, a factory crane, something within a clean room or explosion proof facility or just something that has never been done before like an oscillating lift for aerospace or a missile guidance test winch. There really is no day that I can say is typical because of the varied projects we get involved in, so throughout the day I will be dipping in and out of the various projects we have on the go, checking on sales, purchases and invoicing, lending a hand where necessary in design and in the workshop, yes I suppose that does actually describe a typical day – That’s why I love this job!

What has been your favourite project / What is your favourite part of the job?

Wow, when do I get an easy question? There have been so many exciting and new projects …. I think for me I am still more excited over the entertainment side of the business and love working on this type of project, so either Kingdom of Dreams project in India or the City of Dreams project in Macau are my most memorable, don’t get me wrong I still love all the other jobs especially those that no one else either can do or wants to do, these are usually the ones where you have to think about what is needed, solve a problem and meet budget and deadline, that is the best part or parts of my job, I hope you can see why.

What is your favourite book?

Here is another difficult question, the simplest answer is the one I’m reading now! I love crime and thriller fiction, authors like James Patterson, Robert Ludlum, Lee Child & Jeff Lindsay, so if you catch me reading I will be reading either an Alex Cross, Jason Bourne, Jack Reacher or Dexter type of book.

What Is your favourite film?

Here we go again, there are so many great films out there and I am getting on a bit so there are at least five decades of films to choose from maybe more if you look at the older films that were on TV when I was a kid like “The Vikings” with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis which was released the year I was born way back in 1958 that I watched on tv as a kid, then there are the re makes of the films that were out in those five decades …… they are all special for different reasons and evoke such fantastic memories. Hard Days Night for example by the Beatles in black and white 1964, probably the first time I remember going to the cinema, I was taken to see it by my older sister, the Beatles were in the height of their fame, Beatlemania was worldwide, in those days the films used to run continuously with just a five minute break in between to rewind the reel, and you could go into the cinema part way through the film, wait and see the beginning if you missed it. This film we watched over and over until we were thrown out to let other people in, that was the whole audience not just me and my sister.

Going the “pictures” with various girlfriends to watch films like Saturday Night Fever or Grease or going with your mates to watch Predator or Alien, taking my kids to watch Labyrinth or Gremlins, taking grandkids to watch Finding Nemo or Frozen, all great memories. But I am a bit of a Trekkie and have been since I was a kid so one of my favourites is the latest rendition of Star Trek series of films with Chris Pine as Captain James T Kirk, so I will be going to see “Star Trek Beyond” when it comes out later this year and of course due to my interest in Robert Ludlum books I guess my all time favourite would have to be The Bourne Identity with Matt Damon, the new Bourne film is out in July so that’s a must!

What was the first single you bought?

Well, I was the youngest in the house and had an older brother and sister all who were working and really into music so I didn’t have to buy many “records” during my formative years and was brought up with all the great legends of that era like Elvis, The Beatles, The Who, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Joe Cocker, Gerry and the Pacemakers (Maybe Gerry shouldn’t be in with the legends but ….. Ferry across the Mersey & You’ll never Walk Alone – Obviously!!) etc but when they left home and I had to buy my own records so I guess the first one I actually bought myself was “Long Haired Lover from Liverpool” by little Jimmy Osmond …. NO ONLY KIDDING it was “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones, I was about 13 then, it was on vinyl, played at 45 rpm and cost about 50p or a whole weeks pocket money!.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Well, as you can guess running a company doesn’t give you much spare time, so I like to travel (well take holidays) when I can, get addicted to Netflix box sets, read books and go to the cinema, that’s when I am not socialising with the family who are a great and full part of my life.

Finally, if you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you want?

  1. A five star all-inclusive hotel with an infinity pool
  2. Really good internet connection
  3. My wife

 

Hoist UK Welcome New Starter to Their Sales Team

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Hoist UK are proud to announce and welcome Colin Jones to their sales team as Technical Sales Engineer. Colin has been in the lifting industry for almost 25 years, having been previously employed by Chester Chain Co. where he started off on a temporary contract as a lifting equipment engineer, working his way through the ranks in various roles including site supervisor, & works manager, until he became General Manager in 2013. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of standard & specialised lifting equipment, along with his formal LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) qualifications.

“Having Colin join our team is a major asset for the company, as it is always difficult to employ a technical engineer with a proven track record in the industry” commented Hoist UK Director Paul Jordan. “Colin has a vast knowledge of the lifting equipment sector, and he will be a real advantage to us as the company grows, especially assisting with specialist projects that we are working on” he adds.

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Hoist UK Welcome New Starter to Their Sales Team

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Hoist UK are proud to announce and welcome Colin Jones to their sales team as Technical Sales Engineer. Colin has been in the lifting industry for almost 25 years, having been previously employed by Chester Chain Co. where he started off on a temporary contract as a lifting equipment engineer, working his way through the ranks in various roles including site supervisor, & works manager, until he became General Manager in 2013. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of standard & specialised lifting equipment, along with his formal LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) qualifications.

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“Having Colin join our team is a major asset for the company, as it is always difficult to employ a technical engineer with a proven track record in the industry” commented Hoist UK Director Paul Jordan. “Colin has a vast knowledge of the lifting equipment sector, and he will be a real advantage to us as the company grows, especially assisting with specialist projects that we are working on” he adds.

Colin Jones comments “I have known Paul & the team for many years and I was happy to be given the opportunity to work for such a dynamic and growing company. Their technical approach to project based work and their depth of product knowledge that allows them to attract such high profile projects excites me. I am really looking forward to the fresh challenge, and particularly working on projects like ISO rated clean room systems, ATEX applications and to be working more within the entertainment industry”.

Louise Dickson, General Manager of Hoist UK adds “We are pleased to welcome Colin to the Hoist UK family; he has got a great personality and will be a real asset both on site advising clients and in the office mentoring some of our other staff that are new to the industry”.

For further information visit: www.hoistuk.com or contact: info@hoistuk.com

Remember: Safety Above All

Hoist UK Help the Mars Rover

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Hoist UK are a manufacturer and supplier of lifting and handling equipment for the industrial and entertainment market sectors and have recently supplied a bespoke monorail hoisting solution latest generation of Mars Rover units at a facility based at Airbus UK in Stevenage in the United Kingdom.

Working directly for Bouygues Energies and Services, Hoist UK provided a hoist from their hygienic and clean room range which had some unique features for this very unique application,

Hoist UK Director Paul Jordan says: “The hoist was a 1.6 tonne SWL unit with 5.8 metres height of lift and all external surfaces of the hoist were polished stainless steel 316 with minimal horizontal surfaces to help maintain the cleanliness level of the room for the application and the unit was fitted with an infra-red remote control system”.

Paul Jordan adds: “The lifting medium in the hoist was a dyneema belt which is a non-metallic and natural fibre which does not require any additional lubrication, so is perfect for this type of application where cleanliness is a key feature of the required design. Normally electric chain hoists and electric wire rope hoists are used for this type of application but these types of hoists all need lubrication on the chain or wire rope, which is not desirable or permitted in order to keep the very strict cleanliness levels in some of these ISO rated clean rooms. Our hoisting solutions give the customers the very highest levels of cleanliness with equipment that is fit for purpose and manufactured to British and European standards”.

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Hoist UK Director Tony Dickson comments: “Our customer and their end user were very happy with lifting system which was installed and commissioned over a two day installation period on Airbus UK site in Stevenage after successful testing in our works.”

Paul Jordan adds: “Hoist UK are not only able to provide standard equipment to suit our customer needs, but are also able to supply specialist and bespoke products manufactured here in the United Kingdom like for this application using our own in house design and manufacturing facilities.

Hoist UK is a full member of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) with UKAS accreditation to ISO9001 (Quality), ISO14001 (Environment) and OSHA 18001 (Health & Safety) to give the customer peace of mind under their company motto of Safety Above All.”

LEEA are established across the globe as the respected and authoritative representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide.

For more information on our specialist range of lifting structures and appliances, please contact: sales@hoistuk.com

Remember: Safety Above All

Is your lifting equipment safe to use?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

I am sure you will all know that if you own or operate lifting equipment in the UK you are required by law to ensure that you hold a current Report of Thorough Examination as set out in the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). Failure to hold a current report could invalidate your insurances or leave you open to prosecution.

So, is having a current LOLER Report of Thorough Examination sufficient to comply with all of your legal responsibilities as an employer or owner of the equipment? The simple answer is no.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 covers all work places and defines the obligations of all employers AND employees to ensure a safe working environment, with the employer obliged under their duty of care to asses risks and put into place policies and procedures to control said risks.

Further, under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), an employer must ensure all equipment is safely installed and safe to use and that regular inspections of the equipment is undertaken and documented by a competent person. The regular inspections may take the form of pre use check lists, interim inspections, preventative maintenance programmes etc all leading up to a LOLER examination.

A Report of Thorough Examination under LOLER can be likened to having your car undergo an annual MOT, at the time of the Thorough Examination or your cars MOT the examiner will look at all the safety related components but will not undertake any repair work or take into account any previous or future inspection / maintenance regime or lack of it. Like the MOT for your car a Thorough Examination is not part of or to be considered a substitute for the maintenance process, it should be carried out and reported on separately.

So, a Report of Thorough Examination does not quite cover all of the bases with regards to the current legislation and an employer’s duty of care.

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Who can carry out a thorough examination?

The LOLER ’98 and PUWER ’98 Regulations simply require that a thorough examination is carried out by “a competent person”, the HSE definition of a competent person is;

“The term ‘competent person’ is not defined in law but the LOLER Approved Code of Practice and guidance (paragraph 294 on competent persons) states that:

  ‘You should ensure that the person carrying out a thorough examination has such appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment.’

 Although the competent person may often be employed by another organisation, this is not necessary, provided they are sufficiently independent and impartial to ensure that in-house examinations are made without fear or favour.

However having an external person or company complete the report of Thorough Examination does remove any doubt of having in house maintenance personnel verifying their own work.

As a practical guide the following are likely to be able to complete a Thorough Examination of your lifting equipment under LOLER ’98 and PUWER ’98 regulations;

 

  • An experienced lifting equipment engineer, preferably a *LEEA TEAM card holder.must be applicable to the examination being completed.
  • *The TEAM card will list the qualifications of the member, and these qualifications
  • The manufacturer of your lifting equipment or their certified representative.
  • A specialist inspector working for an insurance company.It is worth noting that an “insurance inspection” is not necessarily a “Thorough Examination” and before you rely on such an inspection you should make sure that the documentation you receive from an insurance company is headed “Report of Thorough Examination” and is in accordance with schedule 1 of LOLER.

 

What should be noted on a Report of Thorough Examination?

 A Thorough Examination under LOLER is a detailed examination of the safety critical parts of the equipment carried out by a competent person and will require the examiner to physically check these parts noting any defects, this will require the equipment to be removed from use during the inspection and may require covers and guards to be removed to allow thorough inspection. The report should detail the following per schedule 1 of LOLER;

 

  1. The name and address of the employer for whom the thorough examination was made.
  2. The address of the premises at which the thorough examination was made.
  3. Particulars sufficient to identify the lifting equipment including where known its date of manufacture.
  4. The date of the last thorough examination.
  5. The safe working load of the lifting equipment or (where its safe working load depends on the configuration of the lifting equipment) its safe working load for the last configuration in which it was thoroughly examined.
  6. In relation to the first thorough examination of lifting equipment after installation or after assembly at a new site or in a new location—

 

  1. that it is such thorough examination;
  2. (if such be the case) that it has been installed correctly and would be safe to operate.
  1. In relation to a thorough examination of lifting equipment other than a thorough examination to which paragraph 6 relates—

 

  1. whether it is a thorough examination—

(i) within an interval of 6 months under regulation 9(3)(a)(i);

(ii) within an interval of 12 months under regulation 9(3)(a)(ii);

(iii) in accordance with an examination scheme under regulation 9(3)(a)(iii); or

(iv) after the occurrence of exceptional circumstances under regulation 9(3)(a)(iv);

  1. (if such be the case) that the lifting equipment would be safe to operate.
  1. In relation to every thorough examination of lifting equipment—

 

  1. identification of any part found to have a defect which is or could become a danger to persons, and a description of the defect;
  2. particulars of any repair, renewal or alteration required to remedy a defect found to be a danger to persons;
  3. in the case of a defect which is not yet but could become a danger to persons—

(i) the time by which it could become such danger;

(ii) particulars of any repair, renewal or alteration required to remedy it;

  1. the latest date by which the next thorough examination must be carried out;
  2. where the thorough examination included testing, particulars of any test;
  3. the date of the thorough examination.

 

  1. The name, address and qualifications of the person making the report; that he is self-employed or, if employed, the name and address of his employer.
  2. The name and address of a person signing or authenticating the report on behalf of its author.
  3. The date of the report.

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When should I have a Report of Thorough Examination?

The requirement for Thorough Examination is to ensure that lifting equipment and accessories are and remain safe for use, and that we can detect and rectify any deterioration before it becomes a safety issue and as such are required throughout the lifetime of the equipment.

Before use for the first time – unless equipment has an EC declaration of conformity that is less than 12 months old.

  • After assembly and before use at every location – particularly relevant to lifting equipment hire companies.
  • Following exceptional circumstances likely to jeopardise the equipment’s safety – damage or failure, return into use after a long period, or major changes or modification.
  • Regularly whilst in service – see below.

Unless the equipment is covered under a specific “examination scheme” or increased inspections have been highlighted under a project specific Risk Assessment then Thorough Examinations should be conducted:

 

  • 6 months, for lifting equipment and any associated accessories used to lift people
  • 6 months, for all lifting accessories
  • 12 months, for all other lifting equipment

 

Under PUWER and regulation 9 (4) of LOLER, lifting equipment may also require regular maintenance and inspections to determine any deterioration that may affect the safety of the equipment. The requirement and frequency of these inspections checks or maintenance should be determined by risk assessment and manufacturers information or determined by the competent person.

 

The Thorough Examination acts as a regular safety check, and if there any defects stated in the report, it points to there being issues with your regular inspection and maintenance scheme. If the report indicates that the item is no longer fit for purpose it is likely to indicate poor installation, poorly trained operators, poorly trained maintenance personnel or an inadequate maintenance regime.

 

Is your lifting equipment really safe to use?

Generally speaking the employer of the operator / user of the lifting equipment is responsible for ensuring that lifting equipment is safe, fit for purpose and has regular inspections and thorough examinations carried out and documented.

For your own peace of mind you should make sure that you have and document regular pre use and interim operator checks, regular inspections and have a preventative maintenance plan in place to ensure that your equipment is safe to use under LOLER and PUWER.

Make sure that any insurance inspection you have on your equipment is actually a “Thorough Examination” and is accompanied with the correct documentation as required by law under LOLER and PUWER.

Make sure that you have fulfilled all of your other duties, as well as having the Thorough Examination you need to have your equipment regularly maintained, so why not use a reputable lifting equipment company to cover all aspects of your duties.

Read the Report of Thorough Examination! Do not just file this away and assume all your responsibilities are covered by having this done. You must also read the report and action any comments or recommendations given by the competent person.

The examining company will issue a report, the report will outline the equipment that has passed inspection but will also outline defects, problems and condemned equipment, it is your responsibility to act upon the report, replacing or repairing defective equipment and making sure that dangerous equipment is not put back into circulation – the examining company should have tagged and quarantined these items for you.

Like the MOT on your car you are responsible for having any defects put right AND having the equipment re-inspected following repair or to buy replacement equipment if repairs are uneconomical. A good inspection company will follow up the report with a quotation to replace or repair, or even be able to complete the repairs on site after receiving authorisation from yourself; an insurance company probably will not offer a repair or replacement service and may not even follow up on their report.

You should choose to have your Thorough Examinations and maintenance carried out by a company that are members of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association), LEEA members are trained to understand the full scope of the regulations and possible shortfalls of duty holder’s knowledge of their requirements, and in most cases go beyond the minimum requirements that insurance companies tend to stick to.

Hoist UK are FULL members of LEEA, you can also find a list of all LEEA members on their website www.leeaint.com .