In England it is a legal requirement under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) for lifting equipment to have a Thorough Examination and test by a competent person before it is put into service and at regular specified intervals during its life. All lifting equipment must also be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's specification.
A Thorough Examination is a statutory requirement that will generally need to be carried out on a six or twelve month cycle depending on the duty and conditions of the item of lifting equipment. This is not to be confused with service or routine maintenance that is also a statutory requirement but will involve changing components and making adjustments to keep the equipment working to its optimum potential. We incorporate the statutory thorough examinations into our maintenance agreements both for your convenience and also to minimise downtime and cost.