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OSHA Critical Lift Safety Program
manager who has the responsibility for the item being lifted has the
authority to require that it be handled as a critical lift. In addition,
the manager at the facility where the lift will be performed also has the
authority to require that it be handled as a critical lift. The manager
who designates the lift as a critical lift shall ensure that a
person-in-charge (PIC) is assigned. (The PIC need not be in the
Identify the items
to be moved.
precautions, if any (such as outrigger or track cribbing for mobile
Weight of the item
and total weight of the load (For mobile cranes, see the manufacturer’s
instructions regarding components and attachments that must be considered
as part of the load).
Center of gravity
A list of each
piece of equipment (e.g., crane, hoist, fork truck), accessory, and
rigging component (e.g., slings, shackles, spreader bars, yokes) to be
used for the lift. (This list shall identify each piece of equipment by
type and rated capacity).
checkpoints and holdpoints and estimated instrument readings, as relevant,
so that job progress can be checked against the plan.
Sign-offs in the procedure are generally appropriate. For example, initial
and time/date the procedure as key steps are completed. Hold points or
sign-off points should be provided for personnel assigned to witness the
which include the following:
A load-path sketch
that shows the load path and height at key points in the job. (For lifts
with mobile cranes, include the crane position(s) relative to the load and
relative to surrounding obstructions. Where appropriate, include
A sketch indicating
lifting and travel speed limitations. (This may be noted on the load path
sketch or on a separate sketch).
A sign-off sheet to
verify that equipment and tackle inspections or tests are current.
lifts are recommended. (If used, requirements for the practice lift should
be documented in the procedure).
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