If the competent person finds a defect with the lifting equipment during the
thorough examination and/or inspection which in their opinion is, or could
become, a danger to people, they must tell you immediately and confirm this in
the report of thorough examination/inspection.
If the competent person discovers a defect that involves
an existing or
imminent risk of serious personal injury
, then they must tell you immediately
send a copy of the report to the relevant enforcing authority (HSE or the
local authority), even if the defects are remedied immediately. A competent
person who fails to report a defect, simply because it has been remedied on the
spot, is disguising a potentially dangerous situation.
You must take action to rectify any defect you are told about.
If you are notified
of a serious and significant defect, you must immediately take the lifting
equipment out of service until the defect has been put right. If you do not,
you will be breaking the law.
For defects that need to be rectified within a certain timescale, you must repair
or replace the defective equipment within the specified time, and not use it after
that time unless the defect has been satisfactorily put right.