The Basic 10 Point Lift Procedure – Enhance Lifting Safety

To carry out a complete lift, troche from start to finish, find there are 9 basic procedures, all of which enhance  Lifting safety.

1)          Co-operate with workers

2)          Choose and install the lifting structure/or check existing one

3)          Choose the lifting device

4)          Check the lifting device

5)          Assemble the lifting device

6)          Perform a trial lift

7)          Lift and travel the load

8)           Perform a trial landing

9)          Land the load

10)        Clear up

Here they are in a little more detail;

1; ensure you can easily communicate to all people involved in the lift, e.g. the crane operator; also ensure you have the correct authority to perform the lift; It is also important to make sure that your lifting operation will not conflict with other activities within the travel area.

2; make sure the lifting structure, whether new or existing, is installed securely,and inspection and testing certification is in place; ensure they have a big enough safe working load capacity for the load and that it can be positioned directly over the load about the centre of gravity to ensure stability;

3; choose a lifting device that is suitable for the load so that neither the load nor the device will be damaged by the lift or the conditions in which it will be used; ensure the SWL is sufficient, and that the load can be controlled when raised, using tag lines if necessary.

4; make sure that the lifting device has been checked to ensure it is safe to use

5; attach the lifting device to the structure, e.g. an electric hoist to a mobile gantry. Make sure it is secure, hangs straight and take up any slack

6; Lift the load slowly until just clear of the ground, check all is stable and secure, if not the load can be lowered again and repositioned, continuing this testing procedure until good stability is achieved.

7; you can now lift the load completely and travel it to its required destination if necessary.

8; lower the load to just off the ground, check landing area to ensure load supports/packers are positioned so that the load can rest on them without trapping the slings., re-position all supports as necessary.

9; once landing area is set up appropriately you can now slowly land the load, but do not allow the lifting gear to go slack until you are sure the load is, and will remain safe, if so the slings can be removed.

10; return all equipment to a safe area, ensuring it has been checked over, and is still safe to use.

By following these key points, lifting safety will be enhanced, which can only be a good thing.




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