A meeting with all of the people involved with a lift is an absolute
necessity. The total parameters of a lift plan will be required. Are all of
the equipment for a proper lift must be available at the site, the aim here
is for all parties to be assured that some small (or major) aspect has not
been overlooked. This could turn into a dangerous situation or stop the lift
all together.

It is not possible to have a safe lift without load stability.

Stability is created by choosing the correct sling based on capacity,
verification of the sling angle and its impact on the sling when it is under
load, understanding the center of gravity of the load and any environmental
conditions that may arise and affect the lift. We also must consider the
below the hook device, and any lift attachments to be used.

There are, however, other important factors to be confirmed prior to a lift.
From a practical point of view, the placement of all personnel in the area
of the lift and the role they are to play under any circumstance is critical
to a safe lift. Also, understanding and manner of communication and the
vital role of leadership can also play a key role

One of the keystones to a safe lift is the inspection. The review must be
rigorous and meticulously followed, all aspects must be checked for damage
and any doubts about its ability to carry the maximum capacity will result
in a tag and it will not be used.

The theoretical aim of riggers is to have the load just as safe in the air
as it was on the ground. There are many variables particular to each
situation and each must be considered.

Joe Harnest has been president of Crane Training Canada since 1995 and has International experience with overhead cranes, hoists and material handling equipment since 1975. To speak to him directly, call 905-981-1432 or email info@cranetraining.ca