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Society of Operations Engineers
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce


Excel Inspection Solutions (EIS) is built on the foundation that more can be done to help clients remain compliant in a world governed by a variety of regulations. Focusing on the needs of customers is the cornerstone of what led to the formation of EIS as our priority is to offer exemplary services & advice that work around you & your company.

The majority of our clients are based in London & the South of England. However, as part of the Engineer Surveyor Inspection Network (ESiNet), a national network of Engineer Surveyors, we can undertake examinations all across the United Kingdom.


The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998


Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022


The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000


The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002


The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998


The Work At Height Regulations 2005

Joe Ward

Director, Principal Surveyor
& member of ESiNet

What we do

LOLER Inspections are What We do!

We undertake LOLER inspections for property management companies, chartered surveyors, construction firms & vehicle repair shops which includes the delivery of a statutory report that is clear & coherent.

There’s no sudden surprises with us! When your assets are due for their thorough examination, we’ll get in touch to make an appointment. We can even accommodate weekends.

A detailed thorough examination of your equipment is carried out by competent & knowledgeable surveyors with a wealth of experience across the disciplines we offer.

Your statutory & emergency reports are sent to you in digital form with photographs to help illustrate any issues. You can also access your reports at any time using our superb portal service.

Our services don’t end there! If you have any questions about your report or for any other matters such as consultancy or surveys, simply get in touch! We’re here for you 24/7!

What are LOLER regulations?

LOLER is an abbreviation of Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, created under the Health and Safety at Work Act which exist to stipulate the safety commitments that owners, operators or controllers of lifting equipment must adhere to. These are known as thorough inspections to be completed by a competent person.

LOLER applies to those who work within buildings that use lifting equipment, whether they’re owned by the business occupying it or not. 

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OUR Services

A LOLER lifting inspection applies to any equipment, whether owned by a business or an employee, that is used at work. This includes any equipment used for lifting or lowering loads, as well as the attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it. 

Lifting equipment requiring LOLER lifting equipment inspection services include: 

Vertical transport for lifting persons or goods including platform lifts, home lifts and dumbwaiters including maintenance audits and condition surveys

From ladders to lanyards & harnesses to walkways, we ensure that the equipment your staff use to work at height is fit for use


Next time you’re walking through a bustling city centre, take a look up and you may just see us carrying out the thorough examination of a tower crane!

Mobile plant

We understand that some of your items can travel far & wide to carry out their duties so you can rely on us to make sure our paths cross

Pressure plant

Working in a high pressure environment? Inspections of air receivers and cafe boilers come with a written scheme of examination on request. That'll take the pressure off!

We can undertake additional safety checks on these types of lifts in line with the new Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022

We understand that time is important when it comes to car servicing & repairs, so we'll examine your vehicle ramps quicker than you can do an oil change

Other services

We’re there for you whenever you need us! Whether it’s for consultancy or advice, we’re ready to help! Insurance is also available on request. Feel free to call or email at any time

Sectors we cover

Lifting equipment is found in a variety of sectors, from construction, automotive, and maintenance services to healthcare, residential buildings, and commercial property. It’s our pleasure to be able to carry out LOLER inspections across all these sectors and more, ensuring the owners and users of lifting equipment can remain safe and compliant. 

When do LOLER regulations apply?

LOLER regulations apply throughout the installation, use, and inspection of lifting equipment. They should, of course, also be considered at the planning stage of a building that will include lifting equipment. 

Why are LOLER inspections important?

LOLER lifting equipment inspections are important from both a safety and compliance point of view. LOLER inspections ensure that the lifting equipment can continue to be used without endangering those using it, or those around it. Failure to comply with LOLER inspections not only puts everyone’s safety at risk, but also the integrity of the business; compliance with health and safety regulations is a legal requirement, with serious consequences for companies that ignore these obligations. 

LOLER lift equipment inspections

All LOLER inspections must be carried out by a competent person who isn’t the same person that installed the lift, or the person that repairs them - otherwise, they’d be inspecting their own work.

The purpose of these inspections is to check the functionality of all lifting equipment components, monitoring and recording wear and tear, and flagging any repairs that need to be made. 

A LOLER inspection can include: 

  • Checking that all functions operate safely 

  • Checking the structural integrity of the lifting equipment

  • Checking that the wear and tear of parts is within tolerances

  • Checking that the equipment meets the legislation that it was built under

Each type of lifting equipment will have its own set of checks. For example, an inspection on a low level access platform will extend to the tyres, scissor pack, and the condition of the basket. 

What is the LOLER inspection process? 


Prior to the inspection, all lifting equipment should be made available, as should the document history for previous LOLER inspections. The equipment should be clean and fully accessible, with enough time where the equipment isn’t being used for the inspection to take place. 


The inspection, which should take place either every 6 months or annually, depending on the rules for that particular type of equipment, needs to be done by the appointed ‘competent person’. This is, officially, someone with ‘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’.

The competent person should visually examine the equipment, and check for functionality, measure wear and tear, and, in some cases, carry out some traditional non-destructive testing and load testing. Every stage of the inspection must be documented. 


Following the inspection, a report must be put together and kept on file for future reference in accordance with LOLER regulations 9, 10 and 11. This should include details of the equipment, examination details, and the examination findings and recommendations. 

  • How long will a LOLER inspection take?
    This will depend on the amount of van and car lift ramps you have in your workshop, but we’re committed to working quickly as well as thoroughly, so that downtime is kept to a minimum - we know you’ve got a business to run!
  • Where in the UK does Excel Inspection Solutions operate?
    As we’re based in the South East of England, we largely attend to clients across London, Sussex, Berkshire, Kent, Hampshire and Essex. However, thanks to our network of surveyors, we’re able to offer our inspection services across the UK too.
  • How will I receive my LOLER report?
    You’ll receive a digital copy of your LOLER report, which will include photographs, particularly if we find any issues. Access to your report is also made possible at any time through our handy online portal.
  • Can you do a vehicle lift inspection at the weekend?
    Weekdays are hardly ideal for a busy garage, so we can accommodate weekends where necessary.
  • Do recovery vehicles need a LOLER inspection?
    Recovery vehicles that feature a crane-style mechanism are classed as cranes, and therefore should be treated as such under LOLER regulations.
  • How often should vehicle lifts be inspected under LOLER?
    When people are within the vehicle when the vehicle is lifted, inspections should be carried out every 6 months. Where people are not elevated within the vehicle on the ramp, inspections should be carried out every 12 months.

GET IN Touch

Postal Address: 7 Earl Close, Walderslade, Chatham, Kent. ME5 8HA

Tel: 07411 968689

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