Passenger lifts, chair lifts, disability lifts, wheelchair lifts, patient hoists & patient slings, pressurised heating systems, goods lifts, service lifts, dumb waiters


Residential care homes, nursing homes and other social care environments.

Why inspect?

We are an independent engineering inspection services company whose job it is to enable owners and managers within the social health care sector and the equipment they use to meet statutory obligations and keep employees, residents and visitors safe. By the very nature of the care sector, this setting is susceptible to constant risk.

Care homes differ from other workplaces because they are not only places of work but are also homes for their residents. Every year there are numerous accidents to employees and residents from using work equipment in social care. Many are serious and some are fatal. Ensuring that your staff are competent to do the job safely and use appropriate, well maintained equipment can prevent accidents.

Main legislation for your equipment:

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)

Our engineers will draw up the written schemes for you (schemes for simple systems are provided free of charge) and examine the plant or equipment accordingly. To minimise disruption, we aim to fit in with quieter times in the home or times of less usage, keeping disruption and inconvenience to a minimum while ensuring you comply with all current legislation.

More information from HSE on the health and safety in care homes can be found here.

How we work

We generally work with your Insurance Broker as these inspections are often included in your policy agreement, but if not, or if you need any clarification, please get in touch.

We have engineers available in most areas and specialists at the end of the phone to offer advice.

Our service

Our specialists advise on the type of inspections required and the best approach. We keep you fully informed and never leave you waiting.

  • Fast, competitive quotes
  • Timely inspections from qualified engineers
  • Professional, trouble free, responsive
  • Over 25 years in business
  • Dedicated industry specialist Account Manager
  • Free technical support and training sessions
  • Urgent cases rapidly dealt with
  • Discount for volume equipment
  • Prompt documentation
  • Full refund policy in the (unlikely) event of dissatisfaction (Ts & Cs apply)

Resources – common faults found in your equipment

Our Engineer Surveyors, who are out in the field every day, report on the top 5 defects they find with social and health care equipment and some simple safety measures you can implement straight away.

When carrying personnel, they should be inspected every 6 months to comply with the requirements of The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). When not carrying personnel, this is every 12 months.
We have summarised the most common faults found with passenger lifts and helpful tips on how to spot problems and avoid accidents. Find out more.

Because these lifts carry people, they should be examined every 6 months to comply with the property owner’s statutory obligations and the Health and Safety Executives guidelines.
Keep your lift users safe by checking our report on the common defects, as provided by our team of expert Engineer Surveyors. Find out more.

To comply with statutory requirements, all lifting operations must be properly planned and the equipment must be thoroughly examined at suitable intervals by a competent person. At Thurra we provide independent examinations by experienced and highly qualified engineers to ensure that the lifting equipment used in health and social care is safe to use. We have complied a list of common defects and tips for safe usage. Find out more here.

Thurra’s engineers carry out the examination thoroughly and professionally on all components of the heating system including those that are required by the “Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000” (PSSR). Our team of experienced engineers reveal the most common faults we find when inspecting pressurised heating systems, plus simple checks you can make to avoid unnecessary and preventable accidents. Find out more.

Engineer’s findings of the most common faults we experience when inspecting goods lifts. Plus tips on how to prevent life threatening and costly accidents. Find out more.

What our customers say

Testimonial user

Fleet Manager

Construction Company
“We have been a client for over six years. The inspections are carried out efficiently by their Inspectors, who are happy to work around our company’s busy schedule. The office staff are always willing to help with any request. We would have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Other industry sectors we support

These are just a few of the many types of businesses we support. If you don’t see your industry listed, please give us a call to find out how our engineering inspection services can help you.