Lifting Equipment and Hands-Free Tools

It's essential that all lifting equipment used onsite is controlled, suitably rated for the task, certified for use, and suitable for its intended application.

It is essential for the safety of all personnel involved with lifting operations that all lifting equipment being used at the site is controlled, suitably rated for the task, certified for use, and suitable for its intended application.

A competent person must check for any defects before use. We must also consider the risk of a piece of lifting equipment failing under load, resulting in a falling or swinging load. The consequences of such an incident occurring may lead to injury or contribute to a Major Accident Hazard.

Many of the activities are carried out close to or above live plant. So think:

  • Am I adequately controlling and managing the use of lifting equipment?
  • What are the inherent dangers of using lifting equipment on your site?

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NEW RESOURCE: Hands-Free Operations

The fourth subtopic of this quarter’s safety theme, Safe Lifting Operations and Preventing Falling Objects focuses on Lifting Equipment and Hands-free Tools. To coincide with this subtopic, a short information sheet has been produced that covers hands-free operations, the importance of task specific risk assessments and designated step back areas.

Download the information sheet and share with colleagues across your organisation.

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