Sunday, January 31, 2021

Method Statement for Lifting Operations

 1.0 Purpose

The general purpose is to ensure that a Safe System of Work (SSOW) applies to the risks associated with lifting, moving, and lower pipes, concrete rings etc. Each activity has been carefully considered and appropriate controls implemented. The specific purpose of this Method Statement procedure is to describe the method of lifting, moving, and lower pipes, concrete rings

2.0 Objective

This method statement is critical to the health and safety (H&S) of the activity it relates to. It is too followed and adhered, any deviation or changes must be first authorized by the site supervisor

3.0 Scope

We [Your Organization/Company Name] will be using a [Crane/Heavy Lifting Machinery] to lift, move, and lower pipes, concrete rings etc. for the construction of [Name of Work/Task], or systems.  The excavations will be up to 5.0 meters deep in some of the areas.

4.0 Quality of Installation

Quality of installation and materials at the site will be ensured by the project team consisting of a Project Manager, Project Engineers, QA/QC engineer and the site Supervisor. All the installation at the project will be according to the project specification. applicable standards and /or industry norms. All installation work shall factually adopt and carried out as per the Manufacturer's/Client's Consultant's Health & Safety recommendations for handling and use of the materials/substance. Main Contractor/Sub-Contractor/Third party shall ensure that all workers are aware of the applicable H&S requirements.

5.0 Risk Assessment

Before proceedings to any lifting work, Risk hazard Identification to be conducted for the particular lifting operation. This required to be done for every lifting operation activity/work. If a series of similar operations are to be undertaken one RA may be sufficient, but check carefully that something critical has not changed, for example, if the size and/or weight of the load is much greater than for the previous lift then a new RA will need to be undertaken.

This method statement provides a generic safe system of work for lifting operations, but the specific hazards of the work, as determined by the risk assessment, will have to be added if not already covered here.

6.0 Equipment

Before any lifting operation, ensure that the relevant safety checks have been undertaken on the [Crane/Heavy Lifting Machinery] and any other equipment being used:

  • Leather Gloves
  • Hard Hat
  • Goggle Glass
  • Dust Mask
  • First Aid Kit
  • Two-way radio
  • Measuring equipment

7.0 Qualifications, Experience, Information

  • The Project Manager (PM) will supervise the entire lifting operations. Both Site Managers/Project Engineer must be experienced in using a [Crane/Heavy Lifting Machinery] and have the relevant and current qualification and certification. For every lifting task, one competent person must assigned/allocated the role of Lift Manager and take accountability for the Risk assessment/hazard Identification and gives instructions for the lifting operation.
  • Only qualified workers will be allowed to use of mechanical tools and equipment.
  • After Risk assessment/hazard Identification has been accomplished and details added to this method statement, all workers involved in the lifting operation will be inducted on the work; given details of the Risk assessment & Method Statement (RAMS), and any other information they required.

Make Sure that the Lifting Tackle:

  1. Is appropriate for the task?
  2. Will fit the lifting lugs and/or holes on the rings, pipes and biscuits is accurately and properly secured?
  3. Is rated for the force that will be strived during the lift operation?
  4. Is properly adjusted so that the angle at which the wires/chains/bars are working is appropriate for the lift and is not leading to forces greater than the tackle can bear?
  5. Has appropriate blocks and shackles etc. where needed?
  6. Is undamaged and in good condition?
  7. Has been tested and certified within the past 6 months?


The Site Lift Supervisor must make sure that the load can be safely lifted, carried and lowered by the [Crane/Heavy Lifting Machinery]. The load must be within the safe lifting load and a safe working load of the [Crane/Heavy Lifting Machinery]. The lift supervisor will need to be sure that the [Crane/Heavy Lifting Machinery] can carry the load at the jib extension that will be required for the lift, moving and lowering, remembering that the larger the load the further out the jib will have to move.  And larger here also means heavier.

Make Sure That the Load Itself Is:

  1. Secured and evenly balanced
  2. Not obstruct the operation of the [Crane/Heavy Lifting Machinery]
  3. Guided by handling ropes if necessary, so that it does not swing


The Lift Supervisor must make sure that the route to be taken by the [Crane/Heavy Lifting Machinery]

with the load is:

  1. Level enough for the load to be carried safely firm enough to bear the combined weight of the [Crane/Heavy Lifting Machinery].
  2. Load unobstructed wide enough for the load and [Crane/Heavy Lifting Machinery] to pass through easily 
  3. Not near to excavations which could collapse under the weight of the [Crane/Heavy Lifting Machinery] and load.


The Lifting Forman must make sure that the workforce involved in the lifting Operation:

  1. Understand their role
  2. Are competent to undertake that role
  3. Have appropriate PPE, including high viz vests
  4. Are not required to be positioned where the [Crane/Heavy Lifting Machinery] or load is a hazard for them

8.0 Health & Safety Hazards

Before commencing any lifting, moving work, the team shall strictly follow as per the Manufacturer’s/ Client’s / Consultant’s Health & Safety recommendations for handling and use of the materials and ensure all involved personnel shall be aware of the same. The general safety guidelines are given below:

  1. Ensure the work area is safe & clean.
  2. All employees shall adopt safe working practices.
  3. Safety equipment (Safety helmet, safety shoes, coveralls, gloves, goggles, face mask as applicable) to be worn at all times.
  4. When working at a high level, the appropriate safety harness shall be used and secured whilst working-extra care shall be taken whilst using tools at a high level to prevent dropping.
  5. Ensure sufficient lighting is available during all stages of installation & testing.
  6. Report all accidents no matter how small to the Safety Officer on duty.
  7. Ensure any electrical isolation permit is obtained if required, for installation any electrical equipment, panel, cable, wires and accessories. 

9.0 Responsibilities

Project Manager

  • Project Manager shall be responsible for overall project execution.
  • He will coordinate with the client and head office.
  • He is responsible for progress monitoring, attending review meeting and resource management.
  • Overall, he will be responsible for the timely completion of the project following all contractual requirements.

Project Engineer

  • Lifting, moving, are carried out according to the specifications and approved method statement.
  • Provision of all necessary information and distribution of responsibilities to his Lifting team in consultation with the Lifting manager.
  • The work progress is monitored following the required program and reports the same to the Lifting Manager.
  • The implementation of any request that might be raised by the Consultant.
  • Allocation of manpower, materials and equipment’s in consultation with Lifting Manager also monitoring their timely supply at the Lifting location.


  • The carrying-out the work and the proper distribution of all the available resources in coordination with the Site Engineering daily.
  • Daily reports of the works are achieved and coordinated for future planning with the site Engineer.
  • Incorporate all the QC and Safety requirements as requested by the concerned Engineer.
  • Meeting with any type of unforeseen incident or requirement.

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