Case studies

6-monthly LOLER survey

Thorough examination of lifting equipment ensures compliance and can prevent failures that could result in equipment damage and injury to personnel.



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We were contracted by our customer to carry out a six monthly lifting equipment survey on board their platform. The lifting equipment survey was carried out in accordance with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 SI No 2307 (L.O.L.E.R) and the Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 SI No 2306 (P.U.W.E.R).

Failures in lifting equipment can result in significant or fatal injuries and consequently health and safety law places a number of specific obligations on those providing, controlling and using lifting equipment to properly manage these risks. These checks are necessary to verify that the lifting equipment can continue to be safely used and to detect and remedy any deterioration in good time.



Solution applied

  • Once offshore our inspection team liaised with the client responsible persons on board to discuss the work scope and any ongoing operations that could interfere with the survey.
  • The team made themselves familiar with the entire platform to gain knowledge of work locations, timescale and scope, giving the customer the chance to highlight expected issues in certain areas.
  • Permits were raised as per customer procedures in advance of any work being carried out.
  • Certification for the equipment to be examined was located and assessed (e.g. original as-build drawings, reports of thorough examination, declarations of conformity, etc). During the survey our inspectors were working to and in accordance with the latest suite of inspection services procedures and in accordance with the customer’s operating procedures, standards & industry best practice.
  • Throughout the trip all responsible persons on board were issued with daily summary reports highlighting the day’s work activities and the following day’s work plan. Where applicable, a defect list was attached to the summary report.
  • The daily summary reports and defect lists submitted provided us with the opportunity to discuss any issues which had been recorded at the time of examination, e.g. defects, observations and certification issues.
  • The survey identified a small number of items that required upgrade and removal, e.g corroded beam trolleys, but in general the lifting equipment itself was found to be requiring fabric maintenance only.



Summary of services/equipment deployed

  • Supply of LEEA qualified lifting equipment examiner
  • Supply of IRATA qualified rope access level 3
  • Equipment utilised included:
    • Rope access kits
    • NDT consumables
    • NDT equipment
    • Jacking kit
    • Load cell
    • NDT consumables
  • Lifting equipment supply, including project rigging loft and boom lifting equipment
  • Supply of replacement spares




The solution applied by the Sparrows Group provides a number of benefits:

  • Ensured equipment was safe to use and is readily available for use
  • Reduced lifting operation down time
  • Ensured compliance with regulations
  • Detailed inspection reports available on-line 24/7 via client portal
  • Real-time auditing and review of inspection reports by onshore inspection support team





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