Beyond effective planning there are a number of things which companies that require people to use lifting equipment can do to minimise the risk.

Firstly they need to ensure that the correct type of lifting equipment is being used and that the workers using it have been properly trained and experienced in using it safely.

There should also be a clear supervisor who can take charge if needed.

It is also important to check that the area is safe to carry out the lift, for example, is it clear of passersby and are all obstructions moved out of the way.

All of the equipment should all be thoroughly inspected and examined prior to being used.

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