We offer a comprehensive crane load testing service where a simple operational test is carried out before applying any load. This certifies the crane is safe and in good working order before subjecting the crane to a live or simulated load. We then look at the working load limit, which confirms the crane can be lifted to the desired load indicated in the manufactured specifications.
LOLER replaced the legal requirement for the four-yearly overload test with the annual Thorough Examination and Inspection, making it the responsibility of the competent person to determine if and when an overload test should be carried out. This is because “the design of certain lifting equipment is such that damage may be caused by conventional overload tests”.
Loader cranes do not fall into this category as witnessed by BS 7121 Part 2, which has an entire section devoted to the testing of loader cranes.