This talk will cover: the procedures to follow to ensure that lifting operations are carried out in a safe manner.
TYPES LIFTING EQUIPMENT
- Lifting equipment now includes items of plant (such as forklift trucks and telescopic handlers) all mobile elevating work platforms as well as cranes, electrical hoists, and gin wheels etc.
- Risk assessments must be prepared for all lifting operations.
- All lifting equipment must be marked with its safe working load (SWL).
- Lifting equipment must not be used to move loads heavier than the SWL.
- Lifting equipment must only be used by people who have been trained to do so.
- Never stand under a suspended load.
- Look for overhead obstructions such as power cables.
- Ensure that lifting equipment has no obvious defects before using it.
FORKLIFT TRUCKS AND TELESCOPIC HANDLERS
- Travel with the load in the lowest position and don’t raise it whilst travelling.
- Ensure the load is stable and secure.
- Do not carry passengers unless a passenger seat is fitted.
- Do not use to lift people unless suitably adapted.
- Use cranes to lift and lower loads vertically, don’t drag loads.
- At least one trained signaller (banksman) must supervise lifting operations.
- It may be necessary to attach tag lines to the load to stabilise it when lifted.
- Beware of changing weather conditions or wind speed making lift operations unsafe.
MOBILE ELEVATING WORK PLATFORMS
- Use only on firm, level ground
- Use outriggers or stabilisers where necessary.
- Except for scissor lifts, users should wear a safety harness clipped to the correct anchorage point on the machine
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