Lifting any type of load, whether it's construction materials or equipment, or even people, is a big part of construction operations.
It can also carry many risks and potential hazards with it. And so planning is crucial if you are to operate successfully by holding back damage costs, preventing employees from getting hurt and by preventing your business from being shut down.
Having said that, here are five steps to follow before any lifting takes place:
Choose the right crane for the lift. It must:
· Be able to lift the heaviest load for that specific job and must have capacity to spare; and
· Be small enough to get in and out of the site as well as operate within it.
Before using the crane along with its ancillary equipment, you must check to see if it's safe.
Also ensure that its statutory inspection and test report is up to date.
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Make sure that all safety devices are fitted and ensure that they are in good working order.
Go through the operators training and operating records.
If you're happy with them, then issue and authority-to-operate permit.
Put the crane in a safe and suitable place and ensure that:
· The operator can see clearly everywhere where the crane must operate;
· It's well away of excavations;
· It's clear of all live electrical power lines; and
· That the crane is on level ground which can take its full weight as well as the load.
So, there are five steps to follow BEFORE any lifting takes place.
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