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The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

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Lifting equipment for lifting persons

5.—(1) Every employer shall ensure that lifting equipment for lifting persons—

(a)subject to sub-paragraph (b), is such as to prevent a person using it being crushed, trapped or struck or falling from the carrier;

(b)is such as to prevent so far as is reasonably practicable a person using it, while carrying out activities from the carrier, being crushed, trapped or struck or falling from the carrier;

(c)subject to paragraph (2), has suitable devices to prevent the risk of a carrier falling;

(d)is such that a person trapped in any carrier is not thereby exposed to danger and can be freed.

(2) Every employer shall ensure that if the risk described in paragraph (1)(c) cannot be prevented for reasons inherent in the site and height differences—

(a)the carrier has an enhanced safety coefficient suspension rope or chain; and

(b)the rope or chain is inspected by a competent person every working day.

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