Lifting operations can put people at serious risk of injury, and businesses can incur significant costs when things don’t go to plan.
Cranes are complex machines to operate, which is why it’s a good idea to hire one from a reputable company, like us at Bryn Thomas Cranes.
We will provide the best crane for the job, along with a competent operator – but you also need to have a lift plan in place for your crane hire.
Below are just some of the reasons why you should have a plan for all lifting operations.
1. Select the most suitable equipment
Your lift plan needs to include details of the materials you’ll be handling and the terrain you’ll be operating on. Without them, you may choose the wrong crane, which makes material lifting challenging and also increases the risk of accidents on-site.
Taking the time to plan the operation will allow you to make an informed decision, choosing a crane that will optimise safety and productivity.
2. Identify potential hazards
Hiring a crane is sure to make light work of heavy lifting tasks, but you need to make sure that your site is safe before operations begin.
A lift plan addresses potential challenges, such as overhead constructions, power lines, uneven terrain and dangerous weather. It should clearly outline how to navigate such hazards when they arise too – ensuring the safety of your team, the goods being moved, and your site.
3. Enhance safety
Cranes are indispensable machines. Although they can be used for various industrial projects, they need to be operated by a competent person – otherwise, it puts everyone involved in the lift at serious risk.
Without clear guidance, things can get confusing very quickly, and accidents can happen when people don’t work simultaneously. Creating a lift plan will increase the safety of your crane hire. It will give the operator and the rest of your team proper direction, so they know what to do and when to do it.
4. Account for challenges
Having a thorough site review carried out before your project commences is a sensible decision and will assess potential challenges, such as the terrain, overhead obstructions and weather conditions.
Identifying problems and challenges early on, and noting them within your lift plan, will help your lifting operation to run as smoothly as possible. You won’t have to make any hasty decisions either, and your team can work productively.
Find out more
If you’re new to crane hire, we recommend arranging a contract lift.
Every aspect will be taken care of on your behalf – from the provision of a suitable crane and operator to the execution of the lift and insurance cover. Our experts here at Bryn Thomas Cranes will plan the lift for you, giving you one less thing to worry about.
If you’ve hired cranes before and you have the relevant personnel to carry out the lift, you may consider a CPA crane hire agreement.
With this option, we simply provide a crane and operator – that’s it! You will be responsible for providing risk assessments and method statements, as well as a lift plan and operating a safe system of work.
For more information about our crane hire services and the importance of having a lift plan, give us a call on 01352 733 984.