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How to Plan and Organise Lifting Operations Safely

During lifting operations, workers are in a high risk situation and a lot goes in to ensure their safety. It is important to properly resource, plan and organise lifting operations to be carried out safely. These includes a properly trained team that is equipped with the technical know-how and knowledge to carry out operations in a safe manner. For even more complex operations, more comprehensive and detailed planning is required.



Various forms of planning are required for various forms of operations. The more complex the operation is, the more detailed the planning should be. For example, a simple individual routine lifting operation should be planned by the crane operators themselves while a complex lifting operation such as a tandem lift using multiple cranes, involves a written plan by someone trained in that field. Nonetheless, all plans need to address the risks involved and state the resources required for the safe completion of the job. These factors include:

  • Working under suspended loads
  • Visibility
  • Attaching / detaching and securing loads
  • Environment
  • Location
  • Overturning
  • Proximity hazards
  • Derating
  • Lifting people
  • Overload
  • Pre-use checking
  • Continuing integrity of the equipment


When supervising lifting operations, supervisors should consider the experience of workers and assess the risks accordingly. Everyday lifting operations may not require direct supervision but all operations should otherwise be carried out in a safe manner with minimum risks.


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