Lifting & Rigging

Lifting & Rigging

Lifting & Rigging

Lifting forms part of almost every offshore and subsea operation, ranging from lifting of stores and spares to complicated and heavy lifts. Over 200 different lifting operations can take place on a single vessel, each with the possibility of injury to people and damage to equipment but, with proper planning, hazards can be identified and risks reduced or eliminated.

IMCA Lifting & Rigging Guidance

IMCA publishes a wide range of guidance to help members identify and manage the hazards associated with lifting operations to reduce or eliminate the risks. A list of IMCA's Lifting & Rigging (LR) guidance can be seen on the right.

Our guidance promotes safety at every stage from work planning, equipment specification and maintenance through to communications, personnel competence and promotion of safe practices throughout the workforce.

Our flagship guidelines for lifting operations set out guidance on procedures and basic criteria for the essential components to be included in company procedures for safe lifting operations.

Other relevant IMCA resources

The competence of the lifting team is vital for safe operations. Lifting-related roles and activities are covered in detail by our guidance on competence assurance and assessment, with a dedicated logbook for crane operators providing a common, transferable and recognisable format for recording work experience, attendance at training courses, certificates and details of competence assessments. A range of safety promotion materials helps spread safety messages through the workforce.

We facilitate the sharing of information on lifting incidents, near-misses, potential hazards at the worksite and lessons learnt from follow-up investigations, thereby helping the industry to avoid repeat occurrences.