Standards & Guidance 014 Lifting Operations
It provides guidance on:
- Competencies of lift team, including written appointments;
- Producing lift plan and use of excavator track bearing pressure tool;
- Determining lift category – following CPA guidance;
- Requirements on using excavators as cranes including pick and carry duties.
BCE expectations for Lifting Operations
The lifting operation must be:
- Properly planned by an Appointed Person;
- Supervised safely by a Lift Supervisor where deemed necessary;
- Carried out safely with qualified Slinger/Signallers and Excavator Operators;
- lift plan produced, available, & briefed, which identifies the Appointed Person, the Lift Supervisor, the Slinger / Signaller and the Crane or Excavator Driver & loads and complexity identified.
- Where lifting equipment and lifting accessories are being used, they must be inspected on a daily basis by a competent person and a record of this inspection kept
- Excavators used as cranes must be rated to do so and be equipped with a load hooking device and have:-
- a boom lowering control device on the raising (main) boom cylinder(s) and which meets the requirements of ISO 8643:1997 and;
- an acoustic or visual warning device which indicates to the operator when the object handling capacity or corresponding load moment is reached;
- A current thorough examination certificate.
- Excavator Operators, where the excavator is used as a crane, must hold a valid CPCS (A98) or NPORS (N100) card, with lifting operations endorsements for the category of excavator they are operating.
please see below links;
S&G 014 – Lifting Operations
Construction – Lifting operations (hse.gov.uk)