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Top Five Tips for Maintaining A Safe Work Environment For Lifting

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Jul 28, 2021 10:00:00 AM
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shutterstock_232504156There are significant risks to the safety of workers when it comes to using lifting equipment. It’s therefore extremely vital that all employees stay vigilant and ensure that all the necessary safety precautions are put into place, safety practices implemented, and safety guidelines adhered to, so that the chances of these accidents are minimized.

Otherwise, accidents could occur and cause fatal injuries, delays to the project and damage to the environment that is costly to recoup, and in the worst case – death. By providing a safe work environment, you can reduce the risk of accidents, unwanted delays, or any unfortunate outcome. Here are the top five tips we have for maintaining safety.

  1. Conduct Risk Assessments and Equipment Checks

Before any lifting operation, it is vital to conduct a risk assessment of the operation to outline and assess the chances and severity level of accidents that could potentially occur. This assessment should be followed by preventive measures that reduce the risk of it occurring. For a more efficient and seamless lifting operation, this risk assessment should be conducted right from the very start during planning stages.

On top of that, it is vital that every piece of equipment is thoroughly checked before usage, and workers can refer to the maintenance manual that is provided with all lifting equipment for the necessary components to check for. These are typically:

  • Visual inspection of the lifting equipment
  • Testing the equipment’s functions
  • Ensure that the equipment is fitted with the appropriate safety devices
  • Testing the functionality of safety precautions and devices
  • Testing the functionality of the emergency stop device

Without these checks, everyone involved in the operation will be at risk.


  1. Check Lifting Loads and Stow Cranes Properly for Transit

Every heavy lifting equipment comes with a Working Load Limit (WLL) that must be strictly adhered to – this is the maximum weight that the equipment can safely lift.

Additionally, it is also important to check for the stability of the loads that require lifting.

There have been many reported accidents where cranes being transported on commercial vehicles were not properly secured and hit overhead bridges during transit.

Therefore, all loads, especially those with loose components, or equipment that has already been used and is in transit between jobs, must be tightly secured to the equipment before lifting, or a fatal accident could otherwise occur.


  1. Implement a Lifting Plan

All lifting operations require a lifting plan that incorporates a risk assessment right from the start. While routine lifting operations may only require a generic lifting plan supported by an on-site risk assessment and personal briefing, high-risk operations require additional planning to ensure that the all lifting is safe to conduct. This lifting plan should include some of the following:

  • The personnel required and their roles, responsibilities, and skillsets
  • A Permit-to-Work system for all lifting operations involving tower, mobile or crawler crane (as specified in Part III of the WSH (Construction) Regulations)
  • The nature and weight of load
  • Type and location of lifting points;
  • The lifting gears and equipment required
  • External or environmental factors that affect the safety of the lifting operation
  • The availability of a safe place for personnel to gather during lifting operations


  1. Be vigilant and proactive about your safety

Workers have a tendency to position themselves underneath a load during lifting operations despite the obvious risks of being hit by the loads being lifted.

It is extremely important to maintain a safe distance away from the loads being lifted in the case of any equipment malfunctioning.

Workers also tend to jump on and off the truck bed while transporting loads due to convenience. This is extremely risky and should be avoided. Instead, hydraulic lifts can be used to lift and position a load on the truck bed easily and quickly so that operators can carry out their duties simply by operating a crane.


  1. Ensure that workers regularly update their training

Workers should never be rusty with their skills and knowledge about lifting operations and the equipment involved. Being trained only at the start of their career is not sufficient, and oftentimes, they require refresher courses and advancement courses to update their knowledge and keep them in touch with the skills that they need.

These are only five safety precautions that every lifting operator should implement. While they appear to be insignificant, they’re extremely vital to ensuring maximum safety and minimum risks for the workers and environment.

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