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Lifting and rigging plans

The Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) published the following safety flash regarding the importance of lifting and rigging plans in safe lifting. Recent NOPSEMA investigations of dangerous occurrences during non-‘routine’ lifting and rigging activities, which resulted in dropped objects and failed rigging equipment, have identified a trend in the absence of effective lifting and/or rigging plans for an operation or partial completion of a plan which was considered ineffective.

The safety flash can be downloaded from nopsema.gov.au/assets/alert/Safety-Alert-59-Lifting-and-Rigging-Plans.pdf

Members may wish to refer to the following similar incidents in which inadequate lift planning was a contributory factor: (keywords lift, plan, planning):

Members are encouraged to reiterate the importance of lifting planning to their personnel. Further information on lifting and lift plans can be found from Guidelines for lifting operations.


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