Module 5 – Planning the Lift
It is vital that every lifting operation has been properly planned and appropriately supervised, a risk assessment has been carried out, and that the lift is completed in a safe and sensible manner. All candidates involved in the lifting operation must have received the proper training and are competent to carry out their role in the activity.
A risk assessment needs to be completed before any operations, with the following points needing to be covered:
- The load – such as the weight, size, and stability amongst a host of other factors.
- Tag Lines
- Lifting Accessories – such as are they appropriate and certifications as well as numerous other checks
- Lifting Equipment – such as the lifting capacity and weights to name a few of the checks that need to be completed
- Weather – such as wind, rain, and visibility
- Wind Speeds
- Site Conditions – such as ground conditions, overhead conditions, and the landing areas, as well as the general condition, and other factors that need to be considered
These are just some of the areas that need to be included within a risk assessment, with only a handful of the checks that need to be completed mentioned. You will need to go into more detail within your risk assessment and ensure you have covered all aspects.
Planning a lift will ensure all aspects have been considered, the lift is carried out safely and all delegates know what they need to do during the operation.