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All Lifts Should Be Planned

All Lifts Should be Planned

That may be true, but just how much planning is necessary? It depends on the hazards associated with the lift. OSHA does not have requirements for the level of planning needed, so until recently the crane industry has done it. This year ASME released the P30.1, titled, Planning for Load Handling Activities in which two levels of planning have been defined; Standard and Critical. It states that the following would have to be taken into consideration in determining the type of lift and amount of planning:

From this information the type of lift would be determined to be either a Standard or Critical Lift.

Standard Lift Plan

Critical Lift Plan

The traditional industry definitions for a critical lift are:

The P30.1 recommends the same evaluation criteria as in the Standard lift except it requires that the plan be documented.

Bottom line, every lift should be planned whether it is a discussion with the crew or a room full of engineers and planners. Without a plan, everyone thinks they know what needs to be done which is inefficient and dangerous.

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