There are 9 steps to carry out a complete lift, following these simple steps also help to enhance safety.
1) Cooperate with other workers. I.E. do you have the authority, can you communicate clearly with others involved in the lift, ensure the lift will not interfere with other operations in the same area.
2) Choose and install the lifting structure and/or ensure existing structures have; adequate capacity ratings, can control the load carefully, it can be placed above the centre of gravity, also ensure that it is installed properly and appropriate testing and examinations carried out.
3) Choose the Lifting gear; choose a device appropriate to the lift, ensuring that; the safe working load is sufficient, the load will not be damaged by the device, the device is not damaged by the environment, the load can be controlled in the air (tag lines are fine if needed), and the load will stay together, no pieces can fall off.
4) Check the lifting gear; inspect all equipment to ensure it is safe to use
5) Assemble the lifting gear; attach the device to lifting structure, ensure it aligned correctly, hoist to take up the slack to check correct positioning.
6) Make a trial lift; lift the load just clear of the floor and ensure the load is level and secure, if not, lower and re-position.
7) Lift and travel the load; check the landing site is clear and prepared to accept the load; lift and travel the load to landing site and lower to just above the ground
8) Make a trial landing; check all supports/packers etc are correctly aligned to accept the load without trapping slings etc. lower slowly until landed but don’t let the gear become slack just yet; ensure the load is stable on its supports and that it will remain so when slings are removed. If not, lift clear and reposition supports and try again; once certain you can remove slings etc.
9) Clear up; check all equipment used and return it to a safe storage area, if problems are noticed, place in quarantine until thoroughly inspected.