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Inspection of Lifting Equipment (Pre-use checks only)


Inspection is critical to ensure optimum safety for operators working with lifting equipment. Due to the nature of the work, lifting equipment is subject to wear and tear, often exposed to significant environmental elements and other conditions that can result in further deterioration. In addition, with improper use by inexperienced or poorly trained operatives and lack of maintenance, machine parts can fail, causing loads to drop. To prevent this from happening, trained operators must carry out regular in-service inspections. 

This Citrus Inspection of Lifting Equipment qualification provides the knowledge and skills required to carry out pre-use inspection requirements for lifting accessories.

Delegates will receive training in the various legislation associated with work at height and a background in the different additional pieces of lifting equipment available to aid safety and prevent accidents. 

Course Outline

With a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover the requirements of The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98) and The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, (LOLER 98). In addition, the course gives hands-on training on various types of lifting accessories expected for use within lifting operations and the pre-use checks that must happen. 

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited in line with regulations. In addition, choose to learn with Citrus, and delegates benefit from our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach.

Our occupationally and technically-experienced trainers coach delegates on this course, completing the session with a practical observation and theory examination. Delegates must complete all assessments to pass this qualification. 

Course Programme

This one-day training is a mixture of classroom-based discussion and practical demonstrations focussing on pre-use inspection and safety of lifting equipment on-site.

Delegates will review legal requirements, ensure safety compliance and inspections, and understand procedures, appropriate documentation and classifications.

The course content includes:

  • Lifting equipment and operations legislation, including PUWER 98 and LOLER 98
  • Definitions of equipment and terminology used in lifting operations
  • Lifting slings – types, uses and inspection and all examination requirements
  • Various styles of attachment, including shackles, eyebolts and chains
  • Specialist lifting attachments and how to use them, including lifting beams and plate lifters
  • How to store lifting equipment correctly
  • Appropriate transport for various types of lifting equipment
  • Record keeping - how, when, and why
  • Actions to take when faults are identified
  • Auditing - how, when, and why

Assessment consists of a short question and answer paper and practical inspection exercise.

On Completion

At the end of the training, successful delegates will:

  • Understand the requirements of the relevant legislation, including; PUWER 98 and LOLER 98
  • Differentiate between various lifting equipment and their uses
  • Identify issues on inspection and know the correct action to take
  • Understand how to report inspections and auditing results
  • Be able to store and transport lifting equipment safely and keep it free from damage

On successfully completing the course, delegates receive a Citrus Certificate of Competence, valid for three years.

Who Should Attend?

This Citrus Inspection of Lifting Equipment with pre-checks training course is designed for anyone who is involved, either in the use of or supervision of equipment utilised in lifting operations.

Course Duration

This comprehensive one-day training prepares delegates with a basic understanding of working with and inspecting Lifting equipment for safe use.

Why Citrus?

We dedicate our efforts to unrivalled quality and the customer experience at Citrus Training, providing exemplary service to our clients and producing excellent results from our delegates. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety, and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors. 

To ensure we are always at the forefront of the industry, we take strategic input from impartial experts to identify risks and provide practical solutions to high-risk, high harm environments such as Working At Heights. Their professional advice, combined with our in-house expertise, means we can give hyper-detailed content on everything delegates need to know, including PPE and equipment, inspections, and servicing.

Train with Citrus and delegates benefit from our in-house and employed Working at Heights specialist trainers, offering the very best training standards, consistency, and quality. Our professional, highly qualified instructors deliver all aspects of the course and guarantee a successful, exclusive and inclusive learning experience. 

Employers and delegates can choose from dedicated courses to suit customer-specific requirements, locations, and dates. As a result, we’ve successfully delivered training for over 20,000 delegates across the Working at Heights training category.

Things You Need to Know

This course does not qualify delegates to issue LOLER certs on their equipment. All lifting equipment and accessories must have a Thorough Examintaion (LOLER Cert) before qualified delegates can inspect using the knowledge gained from this qualification.

The training has practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if they have any serious health issues, physical problems, special considerations or are taking any medication, which may create difficulties in any elements of this course. In addition, delegates should also bring suitable PPE on the day of training, particularly appropriate heavy-duty gloves with high abrasion, cut, oil and water resistance.

Delegates must bring a passport photograph on the day of training so we may issue ID Cards.

For training held at your own location, please ensure that the classroom you make available has a 240v power supply and is a suitable size for the number of delegates attending. In addition, please ensure that the practical area has been risk assessed, is free from harm and is suitable for training. Suitable lifting equipment should also be available for the practical exercise.

Popular FAQ's

Yes - delegates need to have a good understanding of the English language to take the course.

No, but there are practical elements, so delegates must inform their trainer if there is anything they need to consider before starting the course.

Yes, you need to bring your own PPE for the course, especially gloves. You will receive joining instructions with your booking confirmation with full details.

Yes, the course includes both theory and practical training and testing.

Yes, it can as long as the site meets the standard requirements.

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