Ruskin Lifting Engineers Limited 
84 - 86 Foxhall Road 
Suffolk IP3 8HN 

Tel 01473 253 424 
Fax 01473 217 233 

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1. Discussion Points
2. Ruskin Interpretation of LOLER Regulations
3. LOLER Regulations
4. Inspection & Maintenance Controls
5. Theatrical Lifting Equipment

6. Ruskin Guide to Safe Lifting

Discussion points with regards to Grade 8 & Grade 10


Recognised Standard for Grade 8:
BSEN 818
BSEN 1677

Recognised Standard for Grade 10:
No Standard Available


Grade 10 could potentially be more susceptible to stress, corrosion and cracking under certain environmental conditions because of its increased strength


Grade 10 is less resistant to impact loading


Grade 8 can absorb shock load more readily than Grade 10


Grade 8 chain has a greater elongation before it reaches its minimum breaking load than Grade 10, therefore the user can identify overloading more easily


Using a smaller diameter chain at a higher load will automatically increase wear on the chain, shortening its working life

7. Grade 10 is approximately 10% - 30% higher cost than Grade 8

Ruskin Interpretation of LOLER Regulations Back to top ^

We say that the key piece of legislation concerning lifting equipment is LOLER - The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

LOLER covers all working equipment with a lifting function. They apply in addition to PUWER, to offer adequate safeguards to people working with lifting equipment. The user is required to:

• Use a competent person to plan lifting operations
• Ensure that the equipment is suitable
• Ensure that the lifting operation will not endanger people in the vicinity.
• Assess requirements for inspections of the lifting equipment and accessories
• Have regular inspections carried out by a suitable competent person. Note that LOLER applies not only to the equipment itself, but also to the safe operation of the equipment.

Inspections must be carried out:

• Before the equipment is actually put into service (unless it has a Declaration of Conformity less than 12 months old)
• Immediately following installation (if safe operation depends on correct installation)
• Where equipment operates in conditions which could case deterioration
• After an exceptional event (e.g. an accident)

Frequency of Inspections:

• Lifting Equipment which lifts people - 6 months
• Lifting accessories including shackles, hooks, chains, fittings etc - 6 months
• All other Lifting Equipment, including cranes and loading equipment - 12 months


"Accessories for Lifting" - Work equipment for attaching loads to machinery for lifting.
"Examination Scheme" - A suitable scheme drawn up by a competent person for a thorough examination of lifting equipment at such intervals as may be appropriate.
"Lifting Equipment" - Work equipment for lifting or lowering loads - including attachments for anchoring, fixing or supporting it.
"Work Equipment" - Any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work.

The Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) Back to top ^

These Regulations impose on the above for all "Lifting Equipment which is exposed to conditions causing deterioration which is liable to result in dangerous situations" to have "Thorough Examination" at the following prescribed intervals:

Equipment for lifting or lowering persons or an accessory for lifting - 6 months

Other lifting or lowering equipment - 12 months

Alternatively, an "Examination Scheme" may be drawn up by a "Competent Person" specifying differing intervals (more or less frequent) if, in his opinion, all the circumstances dictate.

" "Lifting Equipment" means work equipment for lifting or lowering loads and includes its attachments used for anchorage, fixing or supporting it"

"Every employer shall ensure that no lifting equipment is used in his undertaking, unless it is accompanied by physical evidence that the last Thorough Examination required to be carried out under this regulation has been carried out"

Ruskin Lifting Engineers Limited would be pleased to discuss your inspection and certification requirements and keep you within the above referenced requirements .

Inspection & Maintenance Controls Back to top ^

All Ruskin Lifting Engineers Ltd Test Equipment and Lifting Equipment are Thoroughly Examined every 6 months by our nominated Competent Person and our Insurance Company. Specialist Testing Equipment is sent away for annual Calibration by a National Accredited Organisation.

Inspections are carried out in accordance with the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) and the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER).

Theatrical Lifting Equipment Back to top ^

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) are now being enforced by current legislation. This covers many aspects of equipment being used in theatres and concert halls.

The regulations state that any lifting equipment which is used for lifting people and lifting accessories including shackles, hooks, lighting bars, slings, winches, wire ropes, speaker fixings, hoists etc should be inspected by a competent person and the results recorded at a frequency not less than 6 months.

We at Ruskin Lifting Engineers Ltd would be pleased to carry out all necessary inspections and where appropriate, testing and certification of your lifting equipment.

We can also supply all types of equipment including ropes, winches and pulley blocks.

Guide To Safe Lifting Back to top ^

Click here to view the Ruskin Guide to Safe Lifting

Please call us on 01473 253 424 or contact us for further information.

Ruskin Lifting Engineers Limited
84 - 86 Foxhall Road
Suffolk IP3 8HN

Tel 01473 253 424
Fax 01473 217 233

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