• Published: 7 Jun 2024

Lifting Operations – Property Damage

Lifting Operations Property Damage
Lifting Operations Property Damage

Description of Incident

Three members of the deck crew on a North Sea installation were tasked to carry out routine lifting operations to re-locate a container.

The wind speed at the time of the incident was approximately 38 – 39 knots. The push/pull sticks were used to control the load.

As the lift progressed and the instruction was given to the crane operator to raise the load, the container being lifted came into contact with a single scaffold tube.

The scaffold tube had been in a horizontal position secured into a handrail and a habitat but was bent into a rearward position.

The job was immediately stopped.


The primary cause of the incident was a combination of inadequate planning and risk perception. A contributing factor was poor weather conditions and visibility.

In addition, it is thought likely the centre of gravity of the load was not in line with the hook. The deflection of the crane boom was not adequately corrected after taking the weight, causing it to swing and hit a nearby obstruction.

Key Learnings:

Lifting & Rigging personnel must ensure lifting operations are adequately planned with consideration of weather conditions and the need for additional personnel.

A full 360˚ visual `inspection/Dynamic Risk Assessment of the area of the lifting operations must be performed pre-task.

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