24 Aug

Debunking a common myth about insurance inspections

Debunking a common myth about insurance inspections

Whether you’re responsible for facilities management in a school or college, workshop, factory, manufacturing plant or care home, you’ll know that the inspection of mechanical equipment is a statutory requirement to ensure the health and safety of operators and people on your site.

Lifting equipment, pressure systems and extraction units – along with many other types of plant and machinery require statutory inspection.

Compliance is mandatory

Statutory inspections help ensure compliance with safety regulations within UK law and enforced by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) – and they’re vital for your business insurance, too. Failure to have statutory inspection(s) usually means policies become void in the event of a claim.

If company equipment is your responsibility, it’s likely that you also manage the insurance taken out on it.

Many people mistakenly believe that inspections on their mechanical equipment must be done by their insurance company, and only by their insurance company. Insurance brokers often organise this, so you may not be aware of the finer details.

The truth is that an independent engineering inspection provider can conduct the work – and your insurance will still be valid as long as you comply with your insurer’s terms and conditions.

You can decide who does your inspections

There are a number of inspection companies that can carry out statutory examinations of mechanical equipment, should you choose not to use contractors sent by your insurance broker to do the work. Hutcheon Examination Services Limited (HESL) is one of these.

HESL employ highly qualified and experienced engineer surveyors who conduct independent industrial safety examinations and inspections for mechanical equipment used within a wide range of organisations across Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, London and the surrounding areas.

Choosing HESL for inspections

Hutcheon Examination Services Limited (HESL) have a stellar reputation for completing statutory examinations and proof load testing for mechanical equipment across a range of UK industries including Automotive, Aerospace, Construction, Marine, Power/Energy, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing & Utilities, Arts & Entertainment, Education, and Care.

If you choose us to carry out your inspection work, your organisation will benefit from:

  • An independent and quality-first approach – compliance is more important than targets
  • Easy booking via our Central Planning Department – at a time that minimises business interruption
  • Full inspection reports sent to you by email within 48 hours, to provide to your insurer
  • Zero percent commission charged
  • VAT receipt - always issued so you can claim tax back
  • Over 30 years’ experience in pressure testing, lifting testing, systems testing and load testing
  • Engineer surveyors that are DBS-checked and hold a recognised professional status (EngTech, IEng.)
  • A multidisciplined team that can carry out various types of inspections as part of the same visit, including PAT testing
  • Inspection reminders to help you stay on top of your legal and insurance requirements
  • Peace of mind that HESL is ISO9001:2015 accredited – the international standard for quality management

Find out more about what happens before, during and after a safety inspection of mechanical equipment here.

Put your trust in us

HESL is a British company that prides itself on honesty, accuracy, reliability, and helpful customer service. Customers put their trust in us year after year because we manage requests quickly and efficiently - and we never cut corners.

When it comes to statutory inspections, remember you have the freedom to choose who conducts the work and it doesn’t have to be your insurance company.

To talk to our friendly team about your next equipment inspection, call 0118 981 1773 or email

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I have had the pleasure of working alongside Hutcheon Examination Services for over a year now and I cannot fault their high end quality of work and professional attitude all mixed in with the personal time business approach to customer satisfaction. I have regular dealings with both Suzanne and Claire and my queries are always dealt with swiftly and efficiently. I know that I can rely on the admin team to ensure that the inspections are carried out within a timely manner and that we maintain compliance of our stock. I have also dealt with Peter and Lynne and every time an issue needs resolving, they have not disappointed. The feedback we have received from our residents is that the engineers are both friendly and informative about what they are doing. I would not hesitate in recommending HESL to any organisation. Thanks Team!
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