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Important Considerations When Planning a Lift

A crane system deployed at an industrial site

There’s a substantial increase in demand for quality MHE and safety products.

One of the many procedures that require extensive planning is lift operations at an industrial or commercial site. It’s important to consult with crane operators, engineers, and material handling experts to choose and deploy the right crane system.

As it seems, industry experience isn’t the only integral factor in lifting and moving larger weights. Knowing the safety regulations, weather conditions, and machine design are equally imperative. A safe and sound crane operation depends on the team’s work, careful lift planning, and continued worker training and support.

This blog talks about the key considerations that must be a part of your lift planning, management, and operation strategy.

Don’t Plan for Just the Heavy Weights

Site managers and lift planning experts often focus too much on the safe movement of heavy loads while forgetting the importance of lightweight movements. Whether the load is light or bulky, proper planning is required to avoid potential incidents.

Since load, site conditions, and workers’ expertise are always different; a crane system should take into account the load, boom length, and movement radius.

Assess the Nature of the Lift

Some lifts are heavier and more complex than others. These machines might also require more planning and groundwork. The possibility of meeting serious crane system accidents increases with machine complexity.

Such lifts are commonly referred to as critical lifts, and they’re not just expensive to repair and replace but also difficult to install in the first place. Hence, it’s important to predetermine the nature of load movement processes in your project and choose a lift accordingly.

For maximum process management and safety, consider dividing clear job roles among crane operators, signal personnel, lift directors, and riggers. Sometimes, there are multiple cranes attached to a single lift, thereby requiring more vigorous planning and safety measures implementation.

In addition to the key considerations mentioned above, here are some other elements to incorporate in a lift planning procedure:

  • Check the ground conditions before installing a lift. Check the resistive forces, crane load and weights, excavations, structure disabilities, and plan modification if necessary.

  • Consider installing block mats under the crane systems to maximize balance.

  • Check power lines and make sure they don’t come in contact with the lifts. According to OSHA, contact with overhead power lines is one of the leading causes of on-site death.

A man working on an overhead power line

  • Before choosing a lift, consider the weather of your site area. Determine the wind Speed Indicator, visibility, rain chances, and the impact of weather conditions of crane systems.

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