What is LOLER testing?
The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) are a legal requirement for thorough examination of Arboricultural equipment, carried out by a qualified inspector. LOLER is designed to make sure that all Lifting Operations are properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.
How often do LOLER tests need to be done?
LOLER tests should be carried out every 6 months on climbing equipment and every 12 months on rigging equipment, or if there have been any “exceptional circumstances” which may have compromised the safety of the equipment.
As well as regular examinations carried out by qualified inspectors, Arborists should be trained to carry out a daily pre-use check of their lifting equipment and a written weekly record of inspection should be kept.
What is a LOLER certificate?
A LOLER certificate is a written report that is completed with each thorough inspection. This report should contain:
- The examination date
- The date when the next thorough inspection is due
- The details of each item
- Any defects or safety issues found with any of the items
- Whether each item is safe for use or not
Our inspectors can inspect your climbing or rigging kit from as little as £70 (+VAT)
A basic climbing or rigging kit will be inspected for £70 (+VAT), including 1 full-length rope and 1 harness per kit. Additional ropes and harnesses will be charged at £8 each.
|Basic inspection charges||Price|
|Basic climbing kit inspection (up to 15 items including 1 rope & 1|
|£70 + VAT|
|Basic rigging kit inspection (up to 12 items including 1 rope)||£70 + VAT|
|Re-LOLER of failed items||£20 + VAT|
|Additional climbing/rigging rope (any more than 1 per kit)||£8 + VAT (per rope)|
|Additional climbing harness (any more than 1 per kit)||£8 + VAT (per harness)|
|Other additional item (anything over the specified kit limit|
|£3 + VAT (per item)|
|Marking serial numbers on products (if the serial number is|
|£2 + VAT (per item)|
|Karabiner service (clean / graphite powder) (only if|
|£2 + VAT (per karabiner)|
|Untidy/attached kit and dirty kit/bag (kits containing debris, dirt, and non LOLER items, or kits that are not disconnected will be subject to a surcharge)||£10 + VAT|
Terms and Conditions
Please read the following terms and conditions before dropping your kit to us for LOLER inspection.
Clean/Dry Kit – Please ensure the kit and bag you are dropping off is clean and debris-free (without tree clumps and dry!).
Unattached kit – Please take all equipment apart, undo all knots, etc…
LOLER Items Only – Please ensure you only include LOLER items in your kit bag i.e. no wedges, spikes, saws, throwlines etc (this also includes gloves, pants, socks..!)
You are very welcome to spend however long you need to prepare your kit before you drop it off to us, but please be aware that a £10 + VAT surcharge will be applied if these conditions are not met.
Items failing that can be repaired and re-tested
It is possible that some items may fail inspection due to faulty/unsafe consumable parts or due to needing a service/repair
Examples of this are:
- Harness failing due to delaminated bridge
- Rope grab failing due to the safety wire missing or worn
- Karabiners failing due to needing a service / lubrication
If this happens, the product will fail on this inspection.
If you then correct / repair the item you can then bring the item back for a second inspection and a new certificate for the repaired items
Therefore we offer the Re-LOLER of failed items at £20 + VAT