Based on the company activities, lifting is considered to be high-risk operations that required careful planning to ensure it is carried out in a safe manner.

As refer to attached WSH Technical Advisor for Safe Lifting Operations, the following minimum requirements should be met before starting any of lifting operations:

  • A lifting plan should be developed and made available to all personnel involved in the lifting operation;
  • A competent person should have performed a risk assessment, established the lift method and selected the right equipment;
  • Lifting equipment, inclusive of lifting machine, lifting appliances and lifting gears should be visually examined prior to use by a competent person;
  • Lifting equipment should have a valid lifting equipment certificate and should have been inspected by an authorised examiner at least once in every 12 months;
  • The safety system and safety devices should be in proper functioning order;
  • Rigging of the load should be carried out by a trained rigger;
  • The weight of the load should be established and should not exceed the safe working load of the lifting equipment;
  • All personnel such as the equipment operator, lifting supervisor, rigger and signalman should be trained and be competent to carry out the lifting operation;
  • No load should be lifted above personnel and action should be taken to prevent personnel from entering into the lifting zone where they may be hit by falling load or objects; and
  • A means of communication should have been agreed and tested.
Relevant case studies

Case Study 1 : Worker Crushed by Dislodged Electrical Distribution Board

Case Study 2 : Worker Killed by Falling Prefabricated Cage

Case Study 3 : Collapse of Mobile Crane due to overloading

Refer to below url:

SAFETY HEALTH - TECHNICAL ADVISORY for Safe Use of Lifting Equipment