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'The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998'

What is PUWER?

The provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment. PUWER also places responsibilities on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not.

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Engineering Inspection under PUWER...

A technical inspection to identify whether the work equipment is serviceable and safe to operate. The aim of the inspection is to identify any defects or deterioration that could lead to injury or equipment failure.

What equipment needs inspecting?

The list of equipment PUWER applies to is extremely broad. It includes any equipment new or old, hired or owned. Any equipment that could potentially cause harm to a person’s health and safety. It is safe to assume that all machinery and equipment should be inspected see below for a list of examples of equiment that requires a PUWER inspection. 

Who is responsible for PUWER inspections?

If you are an employer or self-employed person providing lifting equipment for use at work, or you have control of the use of lifting equipment, then the Regulations will apply to you.


The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) place duties on businesses & duty holders that own, operate or have control over work equipment to ensure that the equipment is safe and in good working condition for the intended use.

If you require an inspection urgently, please contact us as soon as possible. 

About our PUWER inspections

Our team of qualified Engineering Surveyors are trained to conduct periodic engineering inspections of workplace equipment and machinery to ensure it remains safe and free from potentially dangerous defects. 

A great cost effective solution for businesses that do not employ adequately qualified in-house maintenance personnel.

We provide a dedicated Surveyor or team so that we can build great working relationships with our clients.

Unsure if you need a PUWER inspection?
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  • Dock Levellers

  • Playground Equipment

  • Ladders & Steps

  • Conveyor Fire Doors

  • Roller Shutter Doors

  • Axle Stands

  • Car Park Gates / Barriers

  • Winches

  • Fall Arrest Equipment

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