Understanding the Importance of a Lifting Plan

In the realm of crane operations and lifting activities, safety and compliance are paramount. Complete Lifting Services recognises the significance of adhering to the BS7121-1:2016 code of practice. This code, which outlines the safe use of cranes, is not just a set of guidelines but a roadmap to conducting lifting operations with the highest safety standards.

Do You Need a Lifting Plan?

The short answer is yes. BS7121-1:2016 mandates a safe system of work for every crane installation and lifting operation. This includes individual lifts and repetitive operations. The primary goal of a lifting plan is to ensure safety and mitigate any foreseeable risks. It demands comprehensive planning by an appointed person with the necessary expertise in the specific lifting operation.

What Constitutes a Lifting Plan?

A lifting plan is not merely a formality; it’s a crucial document that guides the entire lifting operation. It includes:

  • Risk Assessments: Identifying potential hazards and implementing measures to mitigate them.
  • Method Statements: Outlining the procedure of the lift, ensuring every step adheres to safety standards.
  • Supporting Information: This can include a schedule of lifts, detailed drawings, and photographs, providing a visual and chronological blueprint of the operation.

According to the standard, a “Lifting Operation or Lift” involves the movement of loads or persons with a change of height. This definition encompasses a wide range of equipment, including all types of cranes, forklifts, and excavators. Utilising any of these for lifting necessitates a comprehensive lift plan under the code of practice.

While British Standards and Codes of Practice aren’t legally binding, they represent best practice and can be cited in legal proceedings. Non-compliance or lack of a robust lift plan can lead to prosecution, especially if an accident occurs and the system used is found inferior to the recommended standards.

Adhering to BS7121-1:2016 through a well-crafted lifting plan is not just a compliance issue; it’s a commitment to safety and efficiency. Complete Lifting Services champions this approach, ensuring that every lifting operation is executed with the utmost care and professionalism.

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