Tail Lift Regulations

Tail Lift Regulations

To comply with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), employers are required to ensure any lifting equipment is regularly inspected and records kept. This includes tail lifts.

Although not specifically designed to convey people, tail lifts do so during their day to day use, so they should undergo a thorough examination every six months, by a competent (and impartial) person.

It is the employer’s responsibility to make sure the tail lift is safe to use, maintained, fit for purpose and that the staff are trained in its safe use.

It is also the employer’s responsibility to keep records of the inspections, maintenance and staff training, for at least 2 years.

AIM Members can contact us for more information and free document templates.

The HSE, which enforces these regulations, would like your opinion. If you have both the time and the inclination, you can complete the “Work equipment inspection and thorough examination survey” on the HSE website.


Mover of the Month

The Mover of the Month for July 2016 is All Moves UK Ltd. Congratulations on many jobs well done. All the reviews for All Moves were 5 star.


Review System

The Mover of the Month is based on customer reviews and one of the reasons it works so well is that we monitor the reviews manually. Although the overwhelming majority of reviews are 5 star, we occasionally see a four star review and, very rarely a 3 star or below. These reviews are investigated before posting.

This month, we saw a low-rated review so contacted the AIM member for more information. We learned that the customer had significantly increased the volume and scope of the job, without renegotiating the price, then complained when informed of the price increase.

Following discussions and after seeing the evidence for ourselves, we concluded that the poor rating was without merit. The review was not posted.



Training is available on 4th & 5th September 2016 at our training facility in Thetford, Norfolk.

  • Manual Handling
  • Health & Safety

The current scheduled courses count towards DCPC. Call for prices. Discounts are available for AIM Members.

For more information and to book your course, call Scott on 0208 892 0369.

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Twickenham Trading Estate,
Rugby Road,
Phone:0208 892 0369


COVID-19 Statement

Although there is no rule to prevent them from doing so, not all removals businesses are working during the Coronavirus measures advised by the Government.

Those that are working have been provided with clear guidelines by the Government and supported by AIM, with safe working procedures, specific documents and frequent information updates.

Removals firms

Removal firms are able to operate and should follow the latest government guidance on safer working. Where moves are carried out, social distancing should be followed.
Companies should ensure employees understand how to operate safely and communicate this to customers.

  • Removers should contact the household in advance to check that no member of the household is showing symptoms of coronavirus or self-isolating. If they are, works should be delayed.
  • They should also encourage households to ensure all internal doors are open and surfaces and possessions have been cleaned with household cleaning products prior to them entering the property.
  • No work should be carried out by a person who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
  • Removers should wash their hands on entering the property using separate towels of paper towels which need to be washed or disposed of safely after use.
  • Removers should seek to minimise contact with homeowners and remain 2 metres apart from householders at all times.
  • Removers should implement a buddy system and ensure that the same people work together when moving bulky items and furniture.
  • Removers should bring their own refreshments but you should ensure they have access to hand washing facilities, using separate towels or paper towels if possible,
    which should be washed or disposed of safely afterwards.