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Lift Planning Explained by The Lifting Experts.
Safe and successful lifting operations only start with one thing, a lift plan. The planning of individual routine lifting operations may be the responsibility of those who carry them out (eg a slinger or crane operator). But for much more complex lifting operations (eg a tandem lift using multiple cranes), a written plan should be developed by a person with significant and specific competencies – adequate training, knowledge, skills and expertise – suitable for the level of the task – Lloyds British International!
For straightforward, common lifting operations, a single initial generic plan may be all that is required (eg fork-lift trucks in a factory), which could be part of the normal risk assessment for the activity. However, from time to time it may be necessary to review the plan to make sure that nothing has changed and the plan remains valid. Routine lifting operations which are a little more complex may, depending on the circumstances, need to be planned each time the lifting operation is carried out.
The plan for any lifting operation need to address all the foreseeable risks involved in the work and identify the correct resources (including people) necessary for safe and successful completion of the job. Factors you ought to think about every time before lifting a load should be as follows ;
- working under suspended loads
- attaching / detaching and securing loads
- proximity hazards
- lifting people
- overloading the equipment you have
- pre-use checking ( is the lifting equipment safe)
- continuing integrity of the equipment (achieved through a thorough examination)
The lifting plan needs to set out clearly the actions involved at each step of the operation and identify the responsibilities of those involved. Clarity is essential when lifting! The degree of planning and complexity of the plan will vary and should be proportionate to the foreseeable risks involved in the work. As the old saying goes “Fail to Prepare then Prepare to Fail.” Failure in these situations is not only dangerous for those involved but expensive.
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