Safe lifting by machine
If you are an employer or a self-employed person providing lifting equipment for use at work, or if you have control of the use of lifting equipment, you must make sure it is safe.
Think about what risks there may be and how they can be managed, for example:
- Damage or deterioration of the equipment caused by wet, abrasive or corrosive environments;
- Trying to move weights that are too heavy and exceed the load limit of the machine;
- Equipment failure;
- Untrained workers planning the lift or using the equipment;
- People being struck by moving parts of the machinery or by things falling.
Safe lifting needs to be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out safely. Any equipment you use must have been properly designed, manufactured and tested. Don’t forget to maintain it properly too.
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Factors you should consider
- What are you lifting?
- How heavy is it?
- Where is its center of gravity?
- How will you attach it to the lifting machinery?
- Who is in control of the lift?
- What are the safe limits of the equipment?
- Could you rehearse the lift if necessary?