– Heavy Lifting vs. Risky Lifting
What are the risk factors associated with lifting?
Probably the first thing comes to your mind is the load weight. That is actually a misconception most people have. In fact, according to the most recent statistic, most accidents happen with light weigh loads (load under 1000 kg). Heavy load doesn’t always mean risker.
Why and what are the most important things that affect the safeness of lifting operations?
The quality of the lifting equipment plays a huge role in safe lifting. Pick the correct lifting equipment to use. Make sure to read all labels carefully and follow all the instructions strictly. More expensive equipment does not mean safer. More complicated rigging hardware can be hard to assemble and causing assembly errors.
Skilled Motivated Operator
A skilled operator is another important factor. A fully trained and experience operator is the key to safe lifting operation. If you are not sure on how to operate something, don’t take the chance. Consult a more experienced operator. It is your safety, so take ownership of it!
The complexity of the operation, such as the height, distance, and the driving route all affect the safeness of the lifting operation. Always be cautious with the surrounding. Never move your eyes away from the load. It is recommended to have an extra set of eyeballs for more complicated lifting operation.
Last but not the least, always plan ahead. Never think the task is too simple. There is no easy task when it comes to lifting. A load with only a few kilograms falling a few meters is enough to skill a person! Planning will pay off.
After all, remember that a safe lifting depends on a combined work of the rigging equipment, operators and the supplier, not the load weight.