TÜV SÜD appoints industry veteran to lead new regulatory inspection service
Published: 13 May 2020 - Victoria White
TÜV SÜD has appointed Michael Hargreaves as technical director of its new LOLER Inspection Service.
Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), elevator owners or those responsible for their safe operation, such as facilities managers, have a legal responsibility to ensure that the lift is thoroughly examined and is safe to use. Failure to comply with LOLER could result in an unlimited fine or imprisonment.
TÜV SÜD’s new LOLER Inspection Service provides a systematic examination and risk assessment of passenger, goods, service, platform and mobility access lifting equipment. Digital reports will identify any defects and advise on further testing or corrective action to ensure that equipment is safe to use.
Michael Hargreaves has more than 20 years of experience in the elevator sector. He joins TÜV SÜD from test and inspection specialist Bureau Veritas and previously held senior engineering and management positions with KONE Elevators.
Chris Guy, CEO for TÜV SÜD UK and Ireland, said: “The launch of our LOLER Inspection Service builds upon TÜV SÜD’s reputation for world-class test and inspection services. Michael’s substantial industry experience will help us to deliver a highly effective service that provides unrivalled responsiveness to our customers.”
Michael Hargreaves said: “I am working with a brilliant team of TÜV SÜD engineering surveyors, who have conducted LOLER inspections across every sector of the built environment. This means that we can ensure customers’ equipment remains compliant, safe and fit for purpose, regardless of its operating environment. I look forward to working with our dedicated and experienced team to grow a proactive business that can flexibly support customers to ensure their ongoing safety and compliance.”
Source: Industrial Compliance