Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Work equipment for lifting loads.


42. An employer shall ensure that—

(a) all lifting operations are properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out to protect the safety of employees,

(b) when work equipment for lifting loads is installed permanently, its strength and stability during use is assured, having regard to the loads to be lifted and the stress induced at the mounting or fixing points of the structure,

(c) lifting equipment designed for low frequency use is not installed where its anticipated use will render the equipment unsuitable,

(d) machinery for lifting loads is clearly marked to indicate its safe working load, and where appropriate the safe working load for each configuration of the machinery,

(e) work equipment which is not designed for lifting persons is appropriately and clearly marked to this effect,

(f) every drum or pulley round which the chain or wire rope of any lifting equipment is carried is of suitable diameter and construction for the chain or rope used,

(g) every chain or rope which terminates at the winding drum of any lifting equipment is properly secured thereto and at least two turns of such chains or rope remain on such drum in every operating position of the equipment,

(h) permanently installed work equipment is installed in such a way as to reduce the risk of the load—

(i) striking employees,

(ii) drifting dangerously or falling freely, and

(iii) being released unintentionally,

(i) work equipment which is mobile or can be dismantled and which is designed for lifting loads is used in such a way as to ensure the stability of the work equipment during use under all foreseeable conditions, taking into account the nature of the ground,

(j) lifting equipment is not used beyond its safe working load except when being tested under the direction of a competent person,

(k) unless required for the effective operation of the work, measures are taken to ensure that employees are not present under suspended loads,

(l) loads are not moved above unprotected workplaces usually occupied by employees and

(m) if the hazards referred to in paragraphs (k) and (l) cannot be avoided, appropriate procedures are laid down and applied where work cannot be carried out properly any other way.