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Lifting & Hoisting

Lifting and Hoisting

Overhead loads are a safety concern at any location. Only trained and credentialed workers may operate rigging, hoisting or lifting devices, and workers should never stand under or near the load being lifted or lowered. For more detailed information on lifting and hoisting, check out API WorkSafe training and relevant API safety standards.

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  • It is the worker’s responsibility to STOP an operation if there are any safety concerns.
  • Only trained and credentialed workers may operate rigging, hoisting or lifting devices.
  • Place cranes on a firm, level foundation.
  • Properly secure the crane in place before operating.
  • Never start machine movement until the signalman is in sight and hand signals are understood.
  • Always obey an emergency stop signal given by anyone.
  • Personnel should not stand under or near the load being lifted or lowered.
  • Before a lift begins, the crane operator should:
    • Assess the lift and the lift method and equipment,
    • Assure that the crane and load are properly configured,
    • Assure that the outriggers and cribbing are being used at all times while performing lifts.
  • Never ride on a load being hoisted.
  • Barricade around cranes to restrict personnel and traffic flow from accidental contact.
  • Workers should conduct a pre-job safety meeting before executing the lift plan.