A periodic thorough examination (over and above the inspections listed above) must be carried out by a competent person. This will normally be a qualified engineer and is a detailed inspection that produces a report on completion. The report should be kept on file at the same location as the equipment or accessory.
Lifting equipment must be thoroughly examined as outlined below.
- When it is first used (unless bought brand new).
- If it is installed, after installation but before first use.
- If it is assembled, after assembly but before first use.
- At intervals not exceeding 12 months.