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T0012 Signallers & Slingers
Overview This talk will cover: lifting gear, before lifting, during lifting and potential hazards
1 Check the lifting gear for kinks and frays each day. 2 Chains must not be joined by means of bolts or wire. 3 No lifting gear must be used unless its SWL is marked. 4 Don’t use improvised slings or single leg of a multiple sling. 5 Store chains, ropes, strops and slings in dry conditions.
1 Wear a safety helmet and high – visibility clothing. 2 Make sure you know the weight of the load to be lifted. 3 Ensure hooks are ‘C’ type or fitted with a safety catch. 4 Ensure you can see the crane driver – if you cant, use radios. 5 Ensure radios are fully charged at the start of the shift.
During lifting operations
1 Use approved hand signals clearly and distinctly. 2 Protect wire ropes and slings from sharp edges of the load with softwood or other suitable packing. 3 Ensure the correct pin in the shackle is used and screwed home. 4 Ensure the hook is central to stop the load swing when raised. 5 Ensure the load is lifted off the ground and is free and correctly slung before hoisting. 5: How do you protect lifting gear from sharp edges? 6 Always use a guide rope to steady the load. 7 Stand well clear of the load being lifted. 8 When the crane is in operation, don’t leave the area unless you are relieved by another signaller. 9 Warn the crane operator of any obstructions to the load. 10 To avoid damage to the lifting gear, loads should be landed on to timber or another suitable bearer.
1 Never tie knots in chains to shorten them/ 2 Riding on loads is strictly prohibited. 3 Don’t use lifting gear for other purposes, e.g. towing. 4 Keep all those not involved in lifting operations away from the vicinity, especially children and the general public.
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