TÜV SÜD’s LOLER Inspection Service provides a systematic examination and risk assessment.
Industry Veteran to Lead TÜV SÜD Lift Inspection Service
TÜV SÜD has appointed Michael Hargreaves as Technical Director of its new Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) inspection service.
Hargreaves has more than two decades of experience in the elevator sector. He joins TÜV SÜD from test and inspection specialist, Bureau Veritas (BV), and previously held senior engineering and management positions with KONE Elevators.
Under the regulations, which come under the UK's Health and Safety at Work Act, elevator owners or people responsible for their safe operation - typically facilities managers, have a legal responsibility to ensure that the lift is thoroughly examined and is safe to use. Failure to comply with LOLER could result in an unlimited fine or imprisonment.
TÜV SÜD’s LOLER Inspection Service provides a systematic examination and risk assessment of passenger, goods, service, platform and mobility access lifting equipment. Digital reports will identify any defects and advise on further testing or corrective action to ensure that equipment is safe to use.
Announcing the appointment, Chris Guy, CEO of TÜV SÜD UK and Ireland, said: "The launch of our LOLER Inspection Service builds upon TÜV SÜD’s reputation for world-class test and inspection services. Michael’s substantial industry experience will help us to deliver a highly effective service that provides unrivalled responsiveness to our customers."
Hargreaves added: "I am working with a brilliant team of TÜV SÜD engineering surveyors, who have conducted LOLER inspections across every sector of the built environment. This means that we can ensure customers’ equipment remains compliant, safe and fit for purpose, regardless of its operating environment. I look forward to working with our dedicated and experienced team to grow a proactive business that can flexibly support customers to ensure their on-going safety and compliance."