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Plant Safety Group Updated Guidance on Lifting Operations With Excavators

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The Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Group have been since mid 2016 been updating the original guidance for lifting operations using excavators which was originally released in 2007.


The Plant Safety Group consider that the document can now be released for public comment prior to final sign-off and launch.


Amendments made by the group to the document includes a focus on the management and supervision requirements, supported by a flowchart that introduces a hierarchy and sequence to the planning process. This incorporates machine selection, roles and responsibilities, the required competencies and the monitoring frequencies of the operation.


Other insertions to the revised document include a section on the specific issues that apply when excavators are used for lifting, the factors that affect stability, ground conditions, specific issues when using 180 excavators used for lifting activities, the use of fork attachments and the effects of tilt-rotators during lifting operations.


A number of case studies have been incorporated within an annex that illustrates the changing environmental complexity with the load complexity which determines the classification of a lifting activity into a basic, intermediate or complex operation.


The draft for public comment version can be downloaded here and using this accompanying comments form, readers can return comments on the document for consideration by the working group.


The closing date for comments is Friday 16th June 2017.


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