New regulations for lifting operations

By foxrobins

February 9, 2015

At the end of 2014 HSE released new legislation for the safe use of lifting equipment, this will allow businesses and organisations to start the New Year in compliance with health and safety approved codes of practice. Here at Airsweb, we keep our finger on the pulse in regards to information that we know will benefit our clients. It is our aim to ensure the practices used to keep up the standard of health and safety within the workplace are fully informed and up to date.

These regulations apply to any business involving machinery or equipment used to lift material. It takes into account the standard of the equipment as well as the situation in which material is being lifted in order to protect both the workforce and the general public. Below is a list of relevant equipment that may be used for lifting:

  • Cranes.
  • Lift trucks and telescopic handlers.
  • Hand pallet trucks, in particular those with the ability to raise the forks.
  • Goods lifts or passenger lifts, for example in an office block, hospital etc.
  • Simple lifting systems such as a rope and pulley used to raise a bucket of cement on a building site, a construction site hoist, a gin wheel, or a dumb waiter in a restaurant or hotel.
  • Pull-lifts.
  • Vacuum lifting equipment.
  • A vehicle inspection hoist.
  • A scissor lift or a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP).
  • Ropes used for climbing or work positioning during arboriculture, climbing telecommunication towers and structural examination of a rock face or external structure of a building.
  • A paper roll hoist on a printing machine.
  • An automated storage and retrieval system.
  • A front-end loader on a tractor used for raising and lowering loads such as a bale of hay.
  • An excavator (or other earth-moving machinery) adapted to be used for lifting using lifting attachments (e.g. forks, grabs, lifting magnets), but not when used for normal earth-moving operations.
  • A hoist or sling used for lifting people from, for example, a bed or a bath.
  • A loader crane fitted to a lorry, e.g. used to raise bins for delivery duties.
  • A refuse vehicle loading arm, e.g. used to raise bins for tipping.
  • An air cargo elevating transfer vehicle.
  • A car transporter or vehicle recovery equipment.
  • A skip collection vehicle.
  • Vehicle tail lifts.
  • Lifting accessories used alongside lifting equipment.

As you can see from this list, the equipment this new legislation covers is varied, therefore the sectors and industries it applies to vary massively too. Industries from transport to construction are obviously heavily involved in lifting, however most companies may need to refer to these approved practices for irregular occurrences.

View the full regulations here, and run through the different considerations when inspecting and organising lifting. From the limits of strength, stability of equipment, the positioning and installation of equipment and even the planning behind lifting objects and people to ensure the whole process runs smoothly and safely.

Regulations 10 and 11 surround the practices of reporting and retaining information. This means that when carrying out investigations, reports are produced and defects, failures or any risk of hazard is presented to the relevant authority. Through thorough and organised reporting as well as the retention of this information to refer back to, hazards can be identified before an incident occurs, risks can be dealt with and most importantly the workforce and the public are protected.

The health and safety software Airsweb provide allows for complete, clear and organised reporting. It not only provides an accessible place to input information, it also allows for a wealth of extra information to be included to provide a full picture of any incident or potential risk. Most importantly it also allows actions to be assigned to ensure measures are taken to prevent accidents, incidents or injuries from happening at all.

As an added tip from us and from HSE, below is a list of what to consider before lifting anything using lifting equipment:

  • The type of load being lifted, its weight, shape and what it consists of.
  • Is there a risk of a load falling, moving, breaking up or striking a person or object? If so what are the consequences?
  • What is the risk of the lifting equipment striking a person or an object and what are the consequences?
  • What is the risk of the lifting equipment failing or falling over while in use and what is the consequence of this?
  • Is there a risk of damage to the lifting equipment that could result in failure?

With health and safety regulations changing regularly, affecting all industries, it is highly beneficial to have a solution to not only adapt to your business but also to keep data contained and organised throughout the company. Airsweb provide software that is scalable, flexible and functional for the shifting environment of safety legislations and act as your QHSE partner whether with transport organisations, construction businesses and many more.

Contact the team today on 0151 289 6811 or email info@airsweb.com to arrange a demonstration.

Were you aware of these new legislation? Will these affect your business or organisation and how? Let us know via Twitter @airsweb or let us know in the comments below.

 

Sources:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l113.pdf

http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/loler.htm

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