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Safe Lifting Plan

Lifting equipment is defined as any equipment whose principal purpose is to lift or lower loads, including attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it.

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (often abbreviated to LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. This includes all businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not. These Regulations were introduced in order to control and minimise the risks posed by lifting equipment and related operations to employees and others including members of the public, contractors, other users of the premises, sites, etc.

In most cases, lifting equipment is also work equipment so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) will also apply.

All safe lifting operations start with a lifting plan which is properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and in many cases, subject to statutory periodic ‘thorough examination’.  Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.

The Lifting Plan should be developed based on consideration of the following factors – Machine, Material, Medium, Man and Method. Depending on the complexity of the lifting operation, the details to be considered in a Lifting Plan will vary.

Lifting operations can often put people at great risk of injury, as well as incurring great costs when they go wrong. It is therefore important to ensure that they are properly resourced, planned and organised, so they are carried out in a safe manner. Each of these elements requires a person or people with sufficient competence to be involved at each step.

The primary objective of the Lifting Plan is to facilitate common understanding amongst the lifting crew for a safe outcome. The underlying principle is that all foreseeable risks are assessed and eliminated/mitigated.

Our consultants have excellent theoretical and practical knowledge of the work and equipment in question, as well as the requirements of the law, to be able to do this properly. For complex and high-risk operations, the planning and organisation will need to be extensive and meticulous.

Contact us to find out how we develop the Safe Lifting Plan to protect your lifting operations and those affected by them, or to arrange a free consultation with one of our expert consultants.

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