Lifting plans - planning lifting operations safely

All safe lifting operations start with a lifting plan.  Our safety consultants can assist you in creating the necessary risk assessments and method statements required under the CDM Regulations.  If you need training to become a competent person please contact us, we train hundreds of people in safe lifting operations every year, call 01453 800100 to speak to an experienced safety consultant.lifting plan

Control of the Lifting Operations: The code recommends the appointment of a responsible person as the Appointed Person to plan and control the lifting operations.

Their duties of the Appointed person can be summarised as follows:

  • Familiarity with the relevant legislation and any project Health and Safety Plan
  • Assess the operation to enable planning, selection of the crane and lifting equipment, and the instruction and supervision for the operation to be undertaken safely
  • Ensuring that adequate inspection, maintenance and testing of the equipment has been carried out
  • Taking responsibility for the organisation and control of the lifting operation

The code also designates three categories of lift - each has a slightly different requirement in terms of the safe system of work.

  1. basic lift
  2. standard lift
  3. complex lift

Crane Hire versus Contract Lifting

BS7121 makes a clear distinction between Crane Hire, where the Hirer has responsibility for the planning and organisation of the lifting operations and Contract Lifting where the main responsibilities of planning, organizing and supervising the lifting operation are contracted out to the Crane Owner.

A summary of the respective responsibilities are:

Crane Hire: The Hirer must:
  • Plan the lift and operate a safe system of work
  • Supply the Appointed Person
  • Carry out all work in accordance with BS7121
  • Ensure all equipment used is tested and certified and free from any visible defects
Contract Lift: The Crane Operator must:
  • Plan the lift and operate a safe system of work
  • Supply the Appointed Person
  • Carry out all work in accordance with BS7121
  • Ensure all equipment used is tested and certified and free from visible defect

Of importance but outside the scope of BS7121 are the different insurance arrangements within Crane Hire and Contract Lifting. Under Crane Hire the Hirer must insure the operator and crane under third party liability and hired in plant policies. With certain exclusions these are covered under Contract Lift terms.

Planning the Lifting Operation

All lifting operations must be carefully planned so that foreseeable risks have been accounted for and relevant controls put into place.

Planning of the lift should include:

General
  • Taking in to account the load, its characteristics and the method of lifting
  • The selection of a suitable crane
  • The selection of suitable lifting equipment
  • The position of the load before, during and after the lifting operation
  • The site, including space available and proximity hazards
  • Environmental conditions e.g. inclement weather

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