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Complex Lifts: Best Practices for Safe Crane Operations

A complex lift is a non-routine crane lift requiring detailed planning and unusual or additional safety precautions.


These lifts often involve irregular loads or loads with unusual weight distribution, lifting hazardous materials, or technically difficult rigging.


As such, complex lifts require careful planning and execution to ensure that they can be carried out safely and efficiently.



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At the heart of any complex lift is a deep understanding of the specific factors involved, including the weight and dimensions of the load, the rigging required to support the load, and any potential hazards associated with the lift. In addition, the crane operator must be intimately familiar with the capabilities and limitations of the crane being used, as well as the surrounding environment and any potential hazards that may arise during the lift.


To ensure that a complex lift is carried out safely, it is essential to engage in thorough planning and preparation. This may involve working with an engineer or similarly competent person to develop a detailed lift plan that takes into account all relevant factors, including the load's weight and centre of gravity, the rigging required, and the crane's capabilities and limitations.


The plan should also identify any potential hazards associated with the lift and outline specific safety precautions to mitigate those risks.


Once the lift plan has been developed, it is critical to communicate the plan effectively to all personnel involved in the lift. This may include the crane operator, riggers, and other support staff. All personnel must be aware of their roles and responsibilities during the lift and must be properly trained and certified to carry out those roles safely.


During the lift itself, the crane operator must maintain constant awareness of the load and the surrounding environment. This includes monitoring the load's position, movement, and stability, as well as any changes in wind or weather conditions that may affect the lift. The operator must also be prepared to adjust the crane's position and configuration as needed to ensure that the lift can be carried out safely.



Finally, after the lift has been completed, it is essential to conduct a thorough post-lift review to identify any areas for improvement. This may include evaluating the effectiveness of the lift plan, identifying any issues that arose during the lift, and implementing measures to mitigate those risks in future lifts.


Complex Lifts Require Detailed Planning


Complex lifts require detailed planning and execution to ensure that they can be carried out safely and efficiently. This involves a deep understanding of the specific factors involved, thorough planning and preparation, effective communication, constant awareness during the lift, and a thorough post-lift review. By following these best practices, crane operators and support personnel can ensure that complex lifts are carried out safely and effectively.


Looking for the right team to complete your complex lift. McLeod have a dedicated engineering team focused on Lift Planning. Give us a call today and we would be happy to help.


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