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As the job title suggests, working in construction as a lifting equipment inspector involves assessing, repairing and servicing lifting machinery.

Average salaries are in the region of £25,000.00 to £35,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

As the job title suggests, working in construction as a lifting equipment inspector involves assessing, repairing and servicing lifting machinery.

What they do

As a Lifting Equipment Inspector/Examiner, you’ll get the opportunity to travel between different sites and workshops to work on common bits of construction kit. This includes cranes, hoists and telehandlers.

But there is a lot more to the role than that. There'll be times when you'll be working in a fast-paced office environment completing administration work, so attention to detail is important for this kind of role. 

By helping to keep your fellow construction workers out of harm’s way, you’ll play a vital part in the completion of all different kinds of projects.

For this job, the essential skills you need are:

  • Excellent knowledge of health and safety requirements
  • Passion for machinery and the technical aspects of the industry
  • Able to pick up new systems quickly that may be very technical
  • High level of organisation and commitment to your work
  • Good knowledge of inspection and testing techniques with regard to different types of lifting equipment
  • In-depth understanding of general engineering
  • Experience of carrying out method statements and risk assessments
  • Excellent personal organisational skills
  • Attention to detail and accuracy when completing inspection and examination testing paperwork
  • Commitment and punctuality

You’ll be on call to handle a range of tests, inspections and assessments, all sometimes commonly referred to as verification tasks. This is one of the most responsible jobs in the industry, as you have people's safety to consider when checking equipment.

Typically tasks include:

  • General lifting accessories, including chain slings, webbing slings and wire rope slings
  • Bespoke lifting and handling equipment
  • Manually operated lifting equipment such as chain hoists, wire rope, lifting and pulling machines and beam trolleys
  • Power operated lifting equipment (including but not limited to electric, pneumatic, and hydraulic powered systems, powered winches, etc)
  • Runway beams and light crane structures
  • Electric overhead travelling cranes
  • Offshore cargo carrying units
  • Mobile crane examination
  • Carrying out inspection and testing work to industry specifications, whether on site or in workshops
  • Completing necessary paperwork in line with set procedures and industry      specifications
  • Assisting with repairs and servicing of lifting equipment where required
  • Adhering to regulations surrounding health and safety, quality and environmental protection

How much experience do I need for this job?

Many construction companies will ask for their lifting equipment inspectors to have a minimum of five years’ experience. During this time, you'll have built up an exemplary knowledge of the industry standards relating to a range of equipment.

Hours & Salary

  • Average salaries could be in the region of £25,000, and could climb as high as £35,000

Salaries depend on location, employer and your level of experience. 

In a full-time position, lifting equipment inspectors usually work between 35 and 40 hours per week. There may be time where you'll need to work longer hours, if you need to do some overtime or cover other staff. Many positions will also require working at weekends and on Bank Holidays.


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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

For this role, you’ll need to gain industry-standard qualifications from the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA).

Who is LEEA?

LEEA are responsible for training new lifting equipment engineers, as well as setting standards and providing health and safety information. They offer qualifications, ranging from the Part 1 Entrance certificate, the basic level training course, to the Mobile Crane Examination Diploma (a more specialised award for those examining mobile telescoping cranes).

What other qualifications do I need for this role?

  • Lifting Equipment General Diploma - a more hands-on course designed to back up the theoretical knowledge of lifting accessories
  • Lifting Machines Manual Diploma - this covers specific equipment such as level hoists, hand-chain hoists and pulleys
  • LEEA Lifting Machines Power Diploma
  • LEEA Runways and Light Crane Structures Diploma     

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Career trends and forecasts

1730 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 1,730 other construction professionals and technical staff (which includes lifting equipment inspectors/examiners) to meet demand every year from 2016 until 2020, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of the demand for these construction jobs in the UK will be in Scotland.

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