483. Thorough examination and inspection in regard to lifting equipment.

Every employer1 must ensure that:

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    (1)     before lifting equipment2 is put into service for the first time by him it is thoroughly examined3 for any defect unless either:

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      (a)     the lifting equipment has not been used before; and in the case of lifting equipment for which an EC declaration of conformity4 could or should5 have been drawn up, the employer has received such a declaration made not more than 12 months before the lifting equipment is put into service6; or

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      (b)     if obtained from the undertaking of another person, it is accompanied by physical evidence7 that the last thorough