Rope and Marine Services


At RAMS safety is our number one priority

Contact RAMS

 31 Yorkshire Road, London, E14 7LR

 Tel: 0207 790 2837

 Tel: 0207 790 3795

 Fax: 020 7790 2750

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Contact RAMS

 31 Yorkshire Road, London, E14 7LR

 Tel: 0207 790 2837

 Tel: 0207 790 3795

 Fax: 020 7790 2750

 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Safety Symbols
Eye Protection Symbol (Use Eye Protection)
Protective Gloves Symbol (Wear Protective Gloves)
Safety Helmets Symbol (Wear Protective Helmets)
Safety Footwear Symbol (Wear Protective Footwear)
High Visibility Vest Symbol (Wear High Visibility Clothing)
Ensure the Load is Balanced and Stable
Do Not Use the Load Cable/Chain as a Sling
For Vertical Lifts Only
Ensure The Electrical Supply is Compatible
Can be used at Any Angle for Pulling or Lifting
Sling Lifting - Use Correct Slinging Method

1) Never Exceed the Safe Working Load/Working Load Limit

2) Mechanically Operated Items of Lifting Equipment may require a Minimum Load to Operate Safely, Please Refer to Safety Instructions or ask for Further Information

General Guidance – Lifting Equipment and the Law

The current legislation relating to legal compliance and safe use of lifting equipment is as follows: -

The health and safety at work act: 1974

The supply of machinery (safety) regulations 1992 and its amendment 2006/42/EC (which apply to the manufacture and supply of lifting equipment).

Provision and use of work equipment regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), both of which apply to the examination, maintenance and use of lifting equipment.

In the context of this legislation the requirements are:-


1. The equipment is safe and suitable for its purpose

To meet the requirements, the manufacture must identify the hazards associated with the equipment he makes and eliminate them or reduce the risk to an acceptable level. To show he has done so he affixes the CE mark to the equipment and issues an E.C declaration of conformity. In practice the equipment is always tested in some way often by a proof load test but also by sample break tests and non-destructive testing method.

Employers have a general duty to provide their employees with suitable and safe equipment, and to ensure that the new equipment complies with the relevant E.C directive.


2. The personnel who use the equipment are suitably trained

The manufacturer or the supplier is obliged to provide instructions for use and the employer is obliged to ensure the equipment is properly used. This is usually done by training/instruction the employees based on general accepted practice and the instructions provided by the manufacture. Often such information and training needs to be tailored to the particular industry or site. Employees must only use equipment for which they have received training and use it in the manner in which they have been trained.


3. The equipment is maintained in a safe condition.

All equipment should be periodically* thoroughly examined by a competent person and a record kept of the result. In addition to this formal examination it should be regularly inspected and it is good practice to check equipment each time before use. Any equipment found to be unfit for a further period of service should be withdrawn,

This also calls for regular preventative maintenance. Such maintenance not only prolongs the useful life of the equipment but ensures that it is always fit for service. When repairs affect load bearing parts the equipment should be thoroughly examined and if necessary re-tested by a competent person before further use.

Employees should always co-operate by making equipment available for examination and maintenance.


4. Record of conformity, test, examination etc are kept

All equipment should have a ‘birth certificate’ to show that, when first made available for use, it complied with the relevant requirements. For new equipment this will be an E.C declaration of conformity which may be combined with a manufacture’s certificate if called for by the standard worked to. For older equipment it will be a certificate of test and examination only.

When equipment is re-tested and/or examined in service, a record of results should be kept. The records should be cross referenced to enable the history of the equipment to be traced.

The above is a very simple summary but reflects the spirit of the legislation where everyone has a responsibility for safety.

*Under the LOLER the thorough examination regime is flexible but if the user opts for fixed periods, the maximum will be shown in Table 1.

Type of Equipment

Maximum Period

Lifting equipment for lifting persons and lifting accessories

6 Months

All other lifting equipment

12 Month

Table 1. Maximum periods between thorough examinations.

Before commencing any lifting operation you need to know the following: - About the load, about the lifting machine, about the site, and having done your research you are ready to start the basic 9 point procedure as follows: - (1) Co-operate with others. (2) Select and install the lifting structure and/or lifting machine, (3) Select the lifting gear, (4) Check the lifting gear, (5) Assemble the lifting gear, (6) Make a trial lift, (7) Lift and travel the load, (8) Make a trial landing, (9) Clear up.

This page has been prepared for basic guidance only, for more complete information both LOLER & PUWER approved codes of practice (ACop) and guidance are available through HSE books. The L.E.E.A ‘Lifting Equipment – A user’s pocket guide’ is available through Rope and Marine Services Ltd.


Click here to download a PDF version of the General Guidance document