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Safe lifting by machine

If you are an employer or a self-employed person providing lifting equipment for use at work, or if you have control of the use of lifting equipment, you must make sure it is safe.

Think about what risks there may be and how they can be managed, for example:

Safe lifting needs to be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out safely. Any equipment you use must have been properly designed, manufactured and tested. Don't forget to maintain it properly too.  

Factors you should consider

Dos and don'ts of lifting machinery safely



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The law

The aim of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) is to ensure that work equipment is safe to use, regardless of its age, condition or origin.

PUWER places duties on employers and others who control how work equipment is used. This includes those who hire it out to be used by others.

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) apply to the safe use of lifting equipment.

Updated 2014-01-20