Health and Safety in the Workplace Level 2 (VTQ)

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Hoists, Cranes and Lifts

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Understanding Safety Measures for Machinery and Hoisting Equipment

Workplaces utilize a variety of machinery and equipment, each posing unique hazards but governed under The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations Act 1998.

Scope of Machinery and Equipment

Examples of regulated equipment include:

  • Mobile hoists and cranes
  • Lifting ropes and pulleys
  • Scissor lifts and dumbwaiters
  • Engine hoists and passenger lifts

Regulatory Compliance: LOLER 1998

Key compliance requirements include:

  • Annual thorough inspections, with a frequency increase to every six months for passenger-carrying equipment.
  • Maintenance of inspection records and prompt reporting of issues.

Safety Protocols for Passenger Lifts

Specific measures for passenger lifts entail:

  • Emergency procedures managed by a competent person.
  • Installation of guards and secure counterbalance weights.
  • Restriction of access to authorised personnel only.

Mobile Machinery Requirements

Mobile equipment safety includes:

  • Ground securing of hoists.
  • Regular checks on brakes, tyres, and fuel levels.

Common Issues and Preventative Measures

Common risks involve overloading, breakdowns, and operator errors, necessitating:

  • Avoidance of exceeding maximum operating weights.
  • Proper training for operators.
  • Reporting of any signs of malfunction or safety hazards.


Adherence to safety regulations and training protocols is essential for the safe operation of hoisting equipment, ensuring the well-being of both operators and bystanders.