A.W.E. Inspection & Certification

Nationwide Engineering Surveying


We provide Statutory Engineering Examination Services covering various regulations & standards.  All on site testing is carried out in a friendly and efficient manner with a  minimal disruption to your business.




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*This is Particularly useful for high volume customers enabling a visual  “management system”  of all site assets & vehicles.

Independent Engineering, Auditing & Surveying services.  All on site work is carried out in a friendly and efficient manner with minimal disruption to your business


Our most popular services include Statutory Test and Inspect work for:




Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment.

LOLER states it is a legal requirement to carry out statutory periodic ‘thorough examinations’ commonly known as a LOLER Inspections


Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment.

PUWER also Requires that equipment is inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate 


The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR) cover the safe design and use of pressure systems.

They require pressure systems to be inspected in accordance with a Written Scheme of Examination.

Our Services per Industry

Working across numerous sectors.

We focus on more than just plant machinery having works across sectors from construction and industrial to agricultural, ports and marine.

What should be inspected and how often should it be checked?

In accordance with the requirements defined under the LOLER 1998 Regulations, a competent person should carry out a LOLER Inspection and Thorough Examination of Lifting Equipment and Accessories every:

  • 6 Months for Lifting Accessories  
  • 6 Months for Lifting Equipment and Accessories associated with lifting people
  • 12 Months for All Other Lifting Equipment 
  • Any other frequency defined by the written scheme of examination

Frequently asked questions

What is LOLER?

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (often abbreviated to LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment.

What is a Thorough Examination?

This is a systematic and detailed examination of the equipment and safety-critical parts, carried out at specified intervals by a competent person who must then complete a written report. This report must contain the information required by LOLER Schedule 1, including; the examination date, the date when the next thorough examination is due, any defects found which are (or could potentially become) a danger to people

Where serious defects are identified, the competent person carrying out the examination must immediately report this verbally to the dutyholder. This should then be followed by the written report, a copy of which must also be sent to the relevant enforcing authority.

What else do I need to do?

In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA), an employer has the legal responsibility to provide a safe working environment. LOLER 1998 falls under the HASAWA 1974, and  place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment.

This includes all businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not. In most cases, lifting equipment is also classed as work equipment so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) will also apply (including inspection and maintenance requirements).

All lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and subject to statutory periodic ‘thorough examination’.

Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.

Maintenance of lifting equipment to ensure it remains safe for use is a requirement of PUWER. In some cases – to assist with this, and detect any deterioration so it can be remedied in good time – lifting equipment may need to be inspected between thorough examinations. Such inspections need to be undertaken by suitably trained and competent people, which can often be the lifting equipment operator or maintenance personnel.

The nature, need for and frequency of such inspections should be determined through risk assessment, taking full account of any manufacturer’s recommendations. Further recommendations on inspection relating to cranes are given in BS 7121 British Standard Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Cranes. The various parts of this standard can be obtained from BSI.

Who can carry out Thorough Examinations?

The term ‘competent person’ is not defined in law but the LOLER Approved Code of Practice and guidance (paragraph 294 on competent persons) states that:

‘You should ensure that the person carrying out a thorough examination has such appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment.’

Workshop, Insustrial & Garages

We can provide 3rd party independent test & Inspection services for numerous amounts of equipment.

The average Garage or Workshop can holds anything from an MOT ramp to a hand held grinder – We can provide a unique service by inspecting and testing the majority of items in any garage. This Inculdes LOLER, PUWER, PSSR items – plus we can even carry out Portable Appliance (PAT) Testing. Always choose lifting equipment carefully to make sure it is suitable for the vehicle prior to purchase.

There are many types of vehicle lift incorporating different means of hoisting. The most common have two or four posts, but other designs, for example single-, three- or six-post; scissor etc, can be found in service and require regular LOLER inspection.

Vehicle lifts

Vehicle lifts should comply with BS 7980:2003 and BS EN 1493:1999.  Vehicle lifts that were manufactured before CE Marking should be adapted to meet the following requirements – each lift should:

  • Show the maximum working load in a conspicuous place, with letters not less than 50 mm high;
  • Be positioned so that any moving part is a minimum of 600 mm from the nearest fixed structure;
  • Have all-round toe protection;
  • Operate by hold-to-run controls;
  • Have a suitable method of electrical isolation;
  • Have chocks or end- stops to prevent a vehicle rolling off the lift
  • Be fitted with arm- locking devices where appropriate

The HSE has reported many serious and fatal accidents when a lifted vehicle has fallen onto a worker, eg due to failure of the lifting equipment, or due to the vehicle falling from it. Common factors reported are; incorrect installation or inadequate inspection and maintenance.

Vehicle lifts can be LOLER inspected every 6 months. Workshop presses can be PUWER inspected every 12 months and Compressors can be inspected every 24 months. Portable Electrical Appliances can be tested at a frequency set dependent on their use. If unsure what items fall under which bit of legislation we are happy to help. 

Four-Post Lift

 If a person is elevated inside a vehicle on a vehicle lift, LOLER requires the lift to be thoroughly examined every six months. Additionally, as people routinely work beneath a vehicle raised on a vehicle lift, a risk assessment of that work should conclude that six months between thorough examinations is appropriate. This period is usually specified by the competent person carrying out the examinations, and is the period recommended by BS 7980:2003.22 It is common practice in the industry to have six-monthly thorough examination for all vehicle lifts

Two-post lift

Two-post lifts typically consist of two upright columns: a master or powered column, plus an auxiliary or ‘slave’, both fitted with a pair of (vehicle) carrying arms.  It is essential that two-post lifts are installed correctly into a suitable base.  We provide specialist advice ensuring the structural integrity of the floor and fixings on first time installation or a lift has been moved on site

Other Fixed Equipment & Portable Electric Items

Most workshops will be aware of Portable Appliance (PAT) Testing which is quite easy to arrange. Items such as a Hydraulic press, Axle stands, general Jacks, drills and grinders may seem somewhat more of a gray area. Please do contact us if unsure and we can discuss each items various regulation and recommended frequency of Inspection.

Jacks & Lifting Cranes

Trolley jack, pit jack, bottle and transmission jacks come in all varieties of pneumatic, hydraulic or mechanical.  While many possess built-in safeguards, the simplicity and mobility associated with their use, has given cause for numerous fatal and serious injuries.  Garage equipment jacks and engine cranes should be regarded as lifting equipment, with thorough examination every 12 months.

Compressor and Air Receiver Test and Inspection

The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR) require pressure systems to be inspected in accordance with a Written Scheme of Examination.

There is a legal requirement for thorough examination of pressure vessels and receivers that contain steam, compressed air and refrigerants.

The regulations apply to owners and users of pressure systems containing a relevant fluid including steam, gases under pressure and any fluid kept artificially under pressure and which becomes a gas when released to the atmosphere.

Any pressure vessel containing compressed gas over 250 bar/litre requires inspection – To establish if you need a pressure vessel inspection, multiply operating pressure (in bar) by the capacity (in Litres) e.g. 10 bar x 50 Litres = 500 bar/litre

We normally carry out this examination once every 24 months dependent on the outcome of a risk assesment


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We can provide Pre-Purchase Inspections alongside ongoing annual LOLER & PUWER Examinations for most items from a Forklift to a  360 Excavators.

 There is always some confusion over the application of LOLER to farm machinery but we can simplify this problem by carrying out a “Thorough Examination” under both PUWER and LOLER where applicable – this is always useful for anyone operating tractors who wish to ensure they meet the Health & Saftey at work act.


Boasting a long history within the Port and Rail Terminal Container Industry we offer bespoke statutory Engineering Examinations specific to container handling equipment.



Fleet Management and Annual / 6 monthly LOLER / PUWER inspections for Reachstackers, gantry cranes & container handling equipment 

We have worked in Deep sea Ports and Commercial Rail Terminals around the world and can boast that we are familiar with almost any machine you have. Machiney manufactured by the likes of Konecranes, Kalmar, Sany, Ferrari, Boss etc are some of our favoutite items to work on. We will offer some of the best rates on the market just because Port equipment is what we like to do.




Audits, Inspection & Certification specific to the recovery industry. Teamed up with our friends in the recovery industry we can also help arrange PAS43, SS17 & ISO 9001 Certification. 

One stop for all Recovery Industry Compliance needs

  • Vehicle LOLER Inspections
  • Recovery Vehicle Pre – Purchase Inspections
  • PAS 43
  • SS17
  • ISO 9001
  • Depot / Workshop LOLER & PUWER Inpsections
  • Depot /Workshop Compressor Examinations
  • Recovery Crane on site Load Tests

We carry out a Report of Thorough Examination covering both LOLER and PUWER for each vehicle, plus all the loose kit stored in its lockers.


PAS 43

Safe Working Of Vehicle Breakdown, Recovery And Removal Operations. Management System Specification (British Standard)

PAS 43 is a standard published by the British Standards Institution and developed and sponsored by SURVIVE, a group consisting of police force, government and roadside operator industry representatives. The specification verifies that a company has an adequate management system in place for vehicle breakdown and recovery operations with procedures that comply with legal requirements, meet safety standards and follow best practices. Its primary purpose is to help roadside recovery companies carry out their activities with minimal risk to their employees and customers.PAS 43 specifies a management system for road recovery operators. The requirements contained within it are intended to secure the health and safety of road recovery operator technicians and road users.

Sector scheme 17 (SS17)

National Highways Sector Schemes (NHSS) are quality management schemes for organisations working on the UK’s road network. They are based on the ISO9001:2008 framework, but interpret it specifically to highways maintenance activities.

NHSS includes more than 20 individual schemes. Each scheme is developed and managed by technical advisory committees. The membership of each committee is made up of industry representatives and other interested parties, such as local authorities, trade associations and certification bodies.

Recovery Companies may fall under Sector Scheme 17 (SS17)

This Sector Scheme Document (SSD) relates to the quality management system requirements for the vehicle recovery and removal including storage. It sets out to identify common particular requirements/particular applications of ISO 9001:2015 for Organizations and Certification Bodies engaged in the sector, and the minimum qualifications that an assessor/auditor requires. The document shall be read in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015 and PAS 43:2015.

This Sector Scheme is one of the series of National Highway Sector Schemes (NHSSs), which have been developed as bespoke integrated management schemes within an ISO 9001 framework to provide particular requirements/applications for ISO 9001:2015 as applicable to a particular infrastructure related activity/industry within the United Kingdom.

Separate Sector Scheme Advisory Committees (SSACs) for each activity within the sector provide advice to the United Kingdom National Accreditation Body or any recognised European National Accreditation Body or any equivalent International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Multi- Lateral Agreement (MLA) signatory (UKAS) and expert representation is drawn from all sides of industry. Each SSAC determines the particular requirements for ISO 9001 in relation to the requirements of their particular activity and come to a consensus on the minimum levels of workmanship, services, products, testing, and the training and competency of personnel, as appropriate, required to meet specification requirements as well as identified requirements in respect of environmental and health & safety and other aspects. The details are contained in the individual Sector Scheme Documents (SSDs). Following the publication of a revised ISO 9001, the committees review their documents to ensure alignment with the revised Standard to ensure that the SSD does not conflict with it prior to withdrawal of the previous edition of the standard. For this particular committee the sector scheme document is also reviewed following the publication of a revised PAS 43.

Individual NHSS technical advisory committees are overseen by the National Highway Sector Scheme Liaison Committee (NHSSLC). This Committee provides a forum for discussion on the effectiveness of the Sector Schemes and co-ordinates developments so that they can be uniformly taken forward by each of the NHSS technical advisory committees. It is also the venue where dialogue with UKAS and the Certification Bodies on the application of the Sector Schemes takes place.

NHSSs together with ISO 9001 are designed to:


  • Provide an industry benchmark
  • Identify risks and opportunities
  • Ensure that all processes are planned
  • Provide a basis for continuous improvement
  • Focus on quality as an objective
  • Reduce costs for Client and Organization
  • Provide and maintain a properly trained and competent workforce
  • Involve all sides of industry in scheme ownership within a partnership framework
  • Provide the basis for the technical knowledge and experience that Certification Bodyauditors will use in the sector concerned
  • Promote confidence in quality management systems through provision of a robusttransparent system
    This Sector Scheme shall apply where specified by the Client in their Contract Documents

ISO 9001

“A company or organisation with a certified quality management system consistently provides products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and aims to enhance customer satisfaction.”

Accredited Certification to ISO 9001 will display to customers:

To achieve conforming products or services, the accredited certification process is expected to provide confidence that the organisation has a quality management system that conforms to the applicable requirements of ISO 9001.

In particular, it is to be expected that the organisation:

  1. has established a quality management system that is suitable for its products and processes, and appropriate for its certification scope
  2. analyses and understands customer needs and expectations, as well as the relevant statutory and regulatory requirements related to its products
  3. ensures that products or services have been specified in order to meet customer and statutory/regulatory requirements
  4. has determined and is managing the processes needed to achieve the expected outcomes (conforming products and services and enhances customer satisfaction)
  5. has ensured the availability of resources necessary to support the operation and monitoring of these processes
  6. monitors and controls the defined product characteristics
  7. aims to prevent nonconformities, and has systematic improvement processes in place to:
  8. has implemented an effective internal audit and management review process
  9. is monitoring, measuring and continually improving the effectiveness of its quality management system


Another of our favourite types of site; the recycling company. We have many years experience working with some of the UKs largest independant Recycling Companies and we have enjoyed every minute of it.

What machines do we work with? We have a history of working on Excavators, Skip Vehicles, Forklifts, Car Bailers, Vehicle Lifts… the list goes on quite a way.


If you are expected to the highest quality of care possible then you in turn will expect the highest regars to health and safety when it comes to the use of specialist equipment in the care industry. 

LOLER and PUWER Inspections are carried out on site for many different types of equipment including lifts, hoists and other equipment

When it comes to using these pieces of equipment safely, the key is to ensure that this kind of equipment is serviced and maintained regularly. This is a service that we offer to help our customers ensure that the equipment they are using stands up to LOLER and PUWER regulations and is ‘fit for function’.


Should you require more information about the services we offer please feel free to contact us directly or fill out our enquiry form.

Find us at:

Email: admin@aweinspection.co.uk

Tel: 0330 122 4807

We operate from: Grantham (Lincolnshire), Burton upon Trent (Staffordshire), Liverpool (Merseyside) with nationwide coverage for on site LOLER Inspections

0330 122 4807


Nationwide Services

Nationwide Statutory Engineering Inspections covering LOLER , PUWER , COSHH & PSSR regulations. We will keep you compliant with all the latest legislation enabling you to carry out your normal day to day activities with minimal worry.
We can carry out both a LOLER & PUWER Inspection covered under the same Thorough Examination Report for items such as forklifts where more than one regulation must be covered.
If your equipment needs  LOLER / PUWER / PSSR (Pressure Systems) / Load tests / Thorough Examinations / LEV,  If you’re simply looking to stay legally compliant or your considering expanding your business and need additional certification to cover a new contract we can help.
Specifically for our friends in the recovery industry we can arrange ISO 9001:2015, PAS 43:2018 and SS17 (Highways England) Audits and certification alongside any required Surveying activities.  We can also assist with contract audits.

Based in Grantham we also operate from Burton On Trent  Staffordshire & Liverpool Merseyside giving full coverage of the Midlands and Northwest.  We can also get to you anywhere in England within reason. This is particularly useful if you operate from several sites across the UK.

Everything from a Forklift – Crane – Reachstacker all the way to a simple Harness or shackle can be Inspected for your  ” report of examination”.


Are you tied into a contract?

There is no pressure to be bound into any form of contract. However, if you do wish for a specific contract this can easily be arranged.

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