Flagpole installations, servicing, maintenance and LOLER inspections – Red Dragon Flagmakers

Flagpole service, maintenance and LOLER inspections

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In addition to supplying and installing new flagpoles, we also offer a flagpole service, maintenance and LOLER inspections.

Flagpole maintenance by Red Dragon Flagmakers

(Repairing the flagpole at the church in Glasonbury, Somerset)

When we replace flagpoles, we take the old ones away and dispose of them in accordance with our environmental policy.

Flagpole maintenance services

We provide a full flagpole installation and repair service on all types of flagpoles, at any height, anywhere in the South West of England and Wales. We do work further afield from time to time (see the link on our HOME page for the video of the flagpole we installed on the NIKE flagship building in Paris in early 2020!).

We're happy to help - even if you didn't originally source your flagpole from us.

We offer and deliver a unique customer service, free advice, a repair and maintenance (emergency and standard) service and practical cost effective solutions.

First aid for flags and poles Red Dragon Flagmakers

Safety first - tell us what you need and we'll do our best to help you.

Our services team have been in the flagpole (and flag) business since 1969 and have vast experience in all aspects of flagpole installation, inspection and service. We offer advice and practical assistance based on time served experience. (You may be interested to read up on our business background and how it all started HERE.)

Red Dragon Flagmakers are fully insured and produce risk assessments and method reports as required on all installations and maintenance work.

Flagpole inspection

Flagpoles fall within the parameters of the LOLER 1998 regulations – the raising and lowering of materials. The regulations also cover associated wires and shackles, hooks, pole carrier and slings which are classed as lifting equipment and therefore need to be inspected regularly.

Flagpole on Westminster Palace by Robin Ashburner Red Dragon Flagmakers

(Westminster Palace and flagpole erected by Robin Ashburner, Red Dragon Flagmakers)

At Red Dragon Flagmakers, we provide a comprehensive flagpole inspection testing service which we introduced a number of years ago to meet demand from town and city halls, stately homes and other high profile buildings keen to minimise public liability risks and ensure compliance with the regulations.

Flagpole work on top of a Cardiff church with Red Dragon Flagmakers

(Installation of a new flagpole to Cardiff church)

Many commercial, public and private buildings have their own flags, which come in all shapes and sizes and when affixed to a pole secured to a structure can cause a potential hazard.

The force of the wind on the fabric of the flag and the pole itself can be quite considerable. Our inspection service covers the flag, pole, halyard, pulleys and holding down bolts with function checks and a through visual inspection. After inspection is carried out, we provide a complete report of our findings and a certificate of compliance.

HSE UK LOLER regulations for flagpoles. Red Dragon Flagmakers offers LOLER inspections UK wide.
A LOLER inspection report includes:
Subject to Regulation 10(1)
(1) The name and address of the employer for whom the thorough examination was made.
(2) The address of the premises at which the thorough examination was made.
(3) Particulars sufficient to identify the equipment including where known its date of manufacture.
(4) The date of the last thorough examination.
(5) The safe working load of the lifting equipment or (where its safe working load depends on the configuration of the lifting equipment) its safe working load for the last configuration in which it was thoroughly examined.
(6) In relation to the first thorough examination of lifting equipment after installation or after assembly at a new site or in a new location
  (a) that it is such thorough examination;
  (b) (if such be the case) that it has been installed correctly and would be safe to operate.
(7) In relation to a thorough examination of lifting equipment other than a thorough examination to which paragraph 6 relates
  (a) whether it is a thorough examination
    (i) within an interval of 6 months under regulation 9(3)(a)(i);
    (ii) within an interval of 12 months under regulation 9(3)(a)(ii);
    (iii) in accordance with an examination scheme under regulation 9(3)(a)(iii); or
    (iv) after the occurrence of exceptional circumstances under regulation 9(3)(a)(iv);
  (b) (if such be the case) that the lifting equipment would be safe to operate.
Schedule 1 Information to be contained in a report of a thorough examination
Schedule 1 details the minimum amount of information that must appear in a thorough examination report, produced by a our Red Dragon Flagmakers competent flagpole engineer.
  • Safe use of lifting equipment
  • Safe use of lifting equipment
  • In relation to every thorough examination of lifting equipment
    (a) identification of any part found to have a defect which is or could become a danger to persons, and a description of the defect;
    (b) particulars of any repair, renewal or alteration required to remedy a defect found to be a danger to persons;}
    (c) in the case of a defect which is not yet but could become a danger to persons
      (i) the time by which it could become such a danger;
      (ii) particulars of any repair, renewal or alteration required to remedy it;
    (d) the latest date by which the next thorough examination must be carried out;
    (e) where the thorough examination included testing, particulars of any test;
    (f) the date of the thorough examination.
  • The name, address and qualifications of the person making the report; that he is self-employed or, if employed, the name and address of his employer.
  • The name and address of a person signing or authenticating the report on behalf of its author.
  • The date of the report.
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