As with any workplace activity, tasks which involve using lifting equipment should be planned by a competent and fully trained individual in advance.

The plan should identify and assess any risks, list the resources required and clearly note which employees are responsible for which tasks and who will be supervising.

If an operation is routine then it still requires an adequate plan, however, there is scope to work from a basic plan template and simply make additions as required. These basic plans should be reviewed at least twice a year.

For more complicated lifting tasks, a new plan should be written each time it is carried out.

Plans should also include details of what should be done in unusual circumstances, for example, if bad weather hits so that workers are prepared for all eventualities

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