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Garage Equipment Inspections

Within vehicle repair centres, car lift ramps are essential to do the job. With such a big weight to lift, it doesn’t need spelling out what could happen if garage ramps aren’t properly inspected and maintained, which is why you need an experienced set of eyes on them on a regular basis.


The inspection of lifting equipment in garages falls under Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, and it’s a set of regulations that our team of surveyors are very familiar with. Therefore, we’re proud to offer vehicle ramp inspection services throughout the UK.  

What garage equipment can be examined?

If you rely on anything within your repair center to lift something, such as car service ramps, engine cranes, jacks and axle stands, it should be inspected under LOLER, which are the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. 

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How are LOLER regulations enforced?

An inspection team from the Health and Safety Executive attend establishments where lifting equipment is used, such as garages where vehicle ramps are installed, for example. Firm and decisive action is taken against anywhere where lifting equipment is found to be lacking or dangerous, with help and guidance offered by the Health and Safety Executive to make the necessary changes needed to comply with regulations. 

LOLER record keeping is required, and should be available for inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive. This record keeping should be available for at least two years or until the next report, whichever is longer. The reports don’t necessarily have to be paper copies - they can be digital versions, like the ones we provide at Excel Inspection Solutions, but they should be easily accessible when the need to see them arises. 

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Our LOLER inspection of vehicle lifts process

We work with vehicle garages around the UK to set up a regular inspection schedule, attending their premises at a time that suits them to ensure they comply with LOLER, and highlight any issues where repair or adjustment is required. 

Following this appointment, we’ll send over a detailed digital report, complete with photos to illustrate any problems that we’ve come across. These can then be kept on record, and presented to inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive as and when required. 

PUWER: Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations

These regulations also come into play for vehicle repair centers that are home to car ramps. The regulations stretch wider than the automotive repair industry, as they relate to the safety of any equipment available for use by an employee at work. As a vehicle lift is something that an employee needs to use, the PUWER 1998 regulations are applicable, and the appropriate lift inspections are required as part of that. 

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What are the benefits of a car inspection lift inspection?

The Importance of Vehicle Ramp Inspections"

Prioritize Safety and Compliance

The benefits of a vehicle ramp inspection centre around both safety and compliance. It’s a non-negotiable for any business or building that houses lifting equipment to comply with LOLER, so in order to remain on the right side of HSE, it’s essential for the equipment to be thoroughly and regularly inspected. 

Safeguarding Operations

In terms of safety, it is of course imperative that vehicle lifting equipment is regularly inspected to ensure that it still operates as it should, and dangerous malfunctions can be avoided. A lifted vehicle is a safety concern to all those working around it, and the equipment it’s lifted with is relied upon to keep everyone out of harm’s way.  

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Why choose Excel Inspection Solutions?

As a vehicle garage owner, we know that there are a lot of safety concerns that rest on your shoulders, and we’re here to set your mind at rest on one of the biggest elements of them - the lifting equipment in your workshop. We’re proud to not only carry out a thorough and regular inspection, but also supply you with a comprehensive report that can be kept on file to document your compliance. 

 

Excel Inspection Solutions operate throughout the UK, using years of experience and up-to-date working knowledge of the latest regulations to ensure that your car service ramps work as they should. 

FAQs

  • 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.
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