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Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (1998), Climbing and Rigging (branch lowering equipment) must be examined by a competent, impartial person at regular intervals. For climbing equipment this is at least once every six months, for rigging equipment, at least once every year.
The requirements of LOLER apply to employers, the self-employed and people in control of or managing operations which involve lifting.
LOLER is aimed at ensuring that all lifting operations are properly planned, that lifting equipment is used in a safe manner and that, where necessary, lifting equipment is thoroughly examined at suitable intervals by a competent person.
See HSE - Health and Safety Executive for detailed information on LOLER 98.