Engineering Services

Engineering Examination/Inspections

Equipment owners and managers can typically have a diverse, complex and large number of plant and equipment types under their direct control and or supervision. With this comes legal responsibility to ensure equipment and plant is safe and that the necessary Health and Safety requirements are being satisfied.

Our website aims to assist you through this process and explains the services that we offer to help keep your equipment, plant and staff safe and to help you to satisfy the necessary legislative requirements.

In the sections below, the term “General Application Regulations” refers to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 299/2007) and the term “Pressure Regulations” refers to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 445/2012).

Our teams

Engineer Surveyors

Our growing, nationwide team of Engineer Surveyors supported by our Coordinator is at the core of our business and deal directly with our customers in the field. They have expert knowledge of workplace and plant hazards and the safety requirements of the items being examined.

Our Engineers have vast experience in real world engineering disciplines covering the examination and operation of all types of Pressure, Lifting, Electrical and General Plant. We provide our Engineers with continuous in house training and are field / theoretically audited in accordance with ISO17020 to ensure they remain at the top of their profession.

We are also able to support customer technical requirements by offering advice and specialist services through our Principal Engineers.

We want our customers to operate in the safest working environment possible. Working with us we will do everything we can to ensure that this happens.

Underwriting Team

Our team of dedicated, highly qualified Underwriters are available to help you decide which of our policies suit you and your business best. With years of experience and working closely with the Engineer Surveyor team, they have built a deep knowledge and understanding of the needs of different businesses in the area of Engineering Inspection and cover requirements.

Our Products

In addition to our Engineering inspection service and accompanying Insurance we offer a comprehensive product range that you would expect to see within Speciality Lines:

Engineering Products

  • Mobile Plant / Plant All Risks
  • Computer Insurance
  • Machinery Movement
  • Machinery Con Loss
  • Deterioration of Stock


  • Contract Works – Annual or Specific basis
  • Owner or Contractor Controlled Insurance Programmes


  • Marine Cargo
  • Freight Movers Liability
  • Pleasure Craft

Legal Contingency

  • Defective Title / Legal Indemnities
  • Fidelity Insurance
  • Administration Bonds / Non Resident Director Bonds


For more information on our Speciality Lines Products and Inspection Services please speak to your Broker, Aviva Business Development Manager or any of our team.


Identifying types of plant and the requirements for Inspection/examination can often be difficult. We have put together plant guides to assist in the identification of plant and equipment along with applicable legislation, frequency of inspection and industries where it might be used.

The Engineering Plant and Inspection Guide can be checked, downloaded and shared with others. You can of course still contact us directly for advice on any issue relating to your plant.

Simply click the links to go to the Engineering Plant and Inspection Guide and the Type of Business/Inspection Guide.

Nothing on this webpage constitutes legal advice. Specialist legal advice should be taken in relation to specific circumstances.

The contents of this webpage are for general information purposes only. Whilst Aviva endeavours to ensure that the information on this site is correct, no warranty, express or implied, is given as to its accuracy and Aviva does not accept any liability for error or omission.

Aviva shall not be liable for any damage (including, without limitation, damage for loss of business or loss of profits) arising in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of, or inability to use, this webpage or any material contained in it, or from any action or decision taken as a result of using this webpage or any such material.


Pressure items can require inspection/examination under the Pressure Regulations or General Application Regulations, depending on the type of fluid and/or the Pressure x Volume (bar/litres) value of the vessel.

All plant items containing steam require examination under the Pressure Regulations regardless of pressure.

We also inspect gas installations, piping, vessels and Road Tankers to relevant international standards.


Lifting items are covered under various sections of the General Application Regulations and subsequent legislation. The examination frequency for an item depends on the type/use of that item. Examination frequencies are divided into six or twelve month cycles.

Examinations of items used for lifting people are generally required every six months. Examinations for lifting accessories which could be subjected to excessive wear and any item which hangs from a lifting hook also carry on a six month examination frequency. All lifts (whether passenger or goods lifts) have an examination frequency of 6 months.

Other machines which are not lifting machines but have a lifting function (for example manual pallet trucks, excavators etc.) also require inspection under the General Application Regulations with a twelve month frequency.


General electrical equipment requires examination/inspection under the General Application Regulation. The type of inspection/examination required and their frequency depends on the type and size of the plant. Portable Appliances may require specific testing which is in addition to the type of inspection that we carry out.

Work Equipment

The definition of "work equipment" under the General Application Regulations is:

“Any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work”

As you can see, the definition of “work equipment” is very broad. The key thing is to have the proper inspection carried out by the right people. At Aviva, we will advise you as to the best way to cover your responsibilities under the Regulations for these items.

We work with customers with non-standard plant to develop agreed Scope of Inspection Documents (SiD) for items that will ensure your plant is safe to use and that your inspection requirements per the Regulations for inspection have been covered.

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