To ensure lifting operations are both safe and legally compliant, they must be carefully assessed, planned, organised, and executed. Every step of a lift requires a person, or people, who have a great knowledge in both theoretical and practical steps involved. Adequate levels of training must be provided.
This awareness level online course highlights the safe working principles and controls required to reduce the chances of accidents occurring as a result of lifting operations. It supports meeting legal obligations under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).
Lifting operations are part of everyday life within building and construction sites. However, they present a wide variety of hazards. Poorly maintained equipment, unsecured loads, difficult working environments, and inadequate training all contribute to the chance of something going wrong during a lift.
When accidents do occur during lifting operations, the consequences are often can result in serious injury, death, and costly property damage. This is why following a strict lifting risk assessment is vital for everyone’s safety.
The government issued Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) to make lifting operations and equipment as safe as they can be. LOLER requires lifting equipment to be of adequate strength to be able to lift the load.
LOLER also requires the equipment to be positioned or installed in such a way that it reduces any risks, such as the equipment or load hurting someone by falling, falling freely, and being released unintentionally. Employers conducting lifts must ensure they are following these guidelines.
This online training course will explore the general principles that can be applied to any type of mechanical lifting or moving of loads to minimise the risk of injuries and accidents.
This online training course requires no prior subject knowledge or certification to enrol. All that is required is an electronic device and a WiFi connection.
Trainees undertaking this course will gain an understanding of why safe lifting operations are required, as well as safe working principles and tips, including:
- Right equipment
- Careful coupling
- Identify workplace problems
- Danger zone
- Safe speed
- Proper authorisation
- Check equipment
- Check load
- Have enough help
- Use eyes & ears
- Be seen and heard
This online training course is aimed at workers who need to carry out lifting operations, or any work with lifting equipment. The information taught in this course will help workers to operate the lifting equipment without the risk of being in an accident or being injured.
Users will learn the following:
- Flexible principles that can be applied to any mechanical handling task on-site to ensure safe working practices
- Practical examples that demonstrate these principles are part and parcel of working safely and efficiently
- Practical tips that will help make workers’ life and those around them a lot safer
The employees and employers benefit from this LOLER lifting course are as follows:
Human Focus lift operator course offers the following benefits:
- RoSPA-approved course
- Fully online course
- Comprehensive content
- Accessible from any device
Format: 100% online
Course duration: 23+ minutes
- Single module
- Short quizzes right after each section for retaining knowledge
- Knowledge test
There is an assessment test at the end of this course. To pass the knowledge test trainees must score at least 80% to achieve the certification. There are two attempts to pass.
RoSPA-approved e-certificates will be awarded to users on passing the knowledge test. The e-certificates are sent via registered emails in PDF format and are easily downloadable.
The planning of a routine lifting operation is the responsibility of those who carry them out, including crane operators and forklift drivers. However, for some complex lifting operations, a written plan must be developed by a competent person.
Risk factors that should be considered include:
- Working under loads
- Attaching and detaching loads
- Securing loads
- Work environment
- Proximity hazards
- Lifting workers
- Integrity of the work equipment
An appointed person in lifting operations is the one who is responsible for the safe execution of lifting operations. This appointed person should have specific competencies including adequate training, skills, knowledge, and expertise that are suitable for all lifting operation tasks.
It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure lifting operations are planned by a competent person, under LOLER 1998.
Some routine lifting operations work can may be carried out by workers or crane operators without a written plan, however, the complex lifting operations do require a plan to accomplish the job safely.