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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Phone:0208 892 0369


COVID 19 Statement

The partial lock-down in the UK has led to many movers wondering if they are required to temporarily shut down their business.

Before you make a decision, please consider the following.

The lock-down is aimed primarily at non-essential retail and leisure in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

Transport and freight are considered essential.

See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-freight-transport/covid-19-advice-for-the-freight-transport-industry

If you choose to continue working, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Follow the guidelines issued by the Government and instruct your staff to do likewise.


For domestic removals, clean all door handles and handrails, etc at both premises with an appropriate sanitiser.
Frequently clean all equipment (including vehicle cab interiors) with soap and water or a sanitiser.
Only send the minimum number of staff required (usually 2) to complete the job.
Request from the customer that they ask family and friends to stay away during the move.
Ask the customer to keep their distance during the move.
Don’t do home-visit surveys. Conduct surveys over the phone or by video call.

AIM believes that you should avoid all unnecessary work, but carry out essential work if possible.

AIM can’t and won’t tell you whether you should close your business. That is your decision.