Essentials of Conducting Lifting Operations Risk Assessment

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Risk Assessment of Lifting Operations Training

This online course explains the key principles involved in undertaking lifting risk assessments. There are numerous things that can go wrong during lifting operations. And when accidents happen the consequences are often costly and result in serious injury or even death.

Employers have a legal duty to ensure that every lift has been carefully assessed and meets specific criteria before it occurs. Factors such as the environment, equipment condition, load security, and level of training must all be considered and planned for.

This programme will help anyone responsible for a lifting risk assessment understand their duties and how to implement them.

Lifting Operations Training Courses

Human Focus offers the following online training courses under the lifting operations toolkit:

Why this Lifting and Shifting Risk Assessment Course is Necessary

Lifting operations within the workplace involve the use of equipment such as cranes, forklifts, trucks, or mobile elevated machinery. If an accident or injury occurs involving any of these pieces of equipment, then this can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries to employees.

In addition, the damage caused by lifting accidents can result in high costs to repair equipment and property, as well as fines. Organisations conducting lifting operations are legally obligated to ensure adequate protections are in place.

The Health and Safety At Work Act (HSWA) places a duty on everyone to take the appropriate steps to avoid all risks at work. Alongside this, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations require employers to conduct lifting activity risk assessments to estimate how severe the hazard could be.

HSWA supports the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) which requires employers and employees to know the equipment being used is positioned or installed in a way that reduces any risks. This includes ensuring the equipment or load doesn’t fall onto someone, the load doesn’t drift or fall freely, or become unintentionally released. Following LOLER will keep everybody safe in lifting operations.

Objectives of the Risk Assessment Heavy Lifting Training Course

This essential of conducting lifting operations risk assessment course will educate trainees on the hazards associated with lifting operations and the steps involved in the risk assessment process.


This online training course requires no prior subject knowledge or certification to enroll. All that is required is an electronic device and a WiFi connection.

Course Content

Essentials of Conducting Lifting Operations Risk Assessment

This course explores the following sections:

  • Identify any Hazards
  • Decide Who Might be Harmed and How?
  • Evaluate the Risks
  • Record Your Findings
  • Review Your Assessment

Who is this Lifting Risk Assessment Course for

This lifting operations risk assessment course is designed for anyone who has a legal duty to conduct risk assessments for lifting tasks and includes:

  • Employers
  • Managers
  • Anyone involved in lifting operations

Learning Outcomes of Risk Assessment of Lifting Operations

After this online programme trainees will be able to gain an understanding of:

  • Poorly managed lifting activities that can cause severe injuries
  • Lifting risks and who might be harmed
  • Main principles of undertaking a lifting operation risk assessment
  • Principles of risk control measures associated with lifting operations

Benefits of the Course

This e-learning course provides benefits to both the employers and employees:

Employer Benefits

  • Educates about lifting activities that can cause harm
  • Reduces the chances of lifting and mechanical accidents at work
  • Promotes safety culture in the workplace

Employee Benefits

  • Educates about lifting activities that can cause harm
  • Reduces the chances of lifting and mechanical accidents at work
  • Promotes safety culture in the workplace

Why Choose Human Focus for Risk Assessment of Lifting Operations?

Choosing Human Focus for lifting operations risk assessment training course offers certain benefits:

  • IIRSM-approved
  • Compliant with health and safety regulations
  • High-quality video-based course with clear voiceover
  • Short quizzes to support retention

Course Format

  • Format: 100% online
  • Duration: 21+ minutes in length
  • Provides immediate access to the course following registration on any device
  • End of course assessment test

End of Course Assessment

After taking this course trainees will take the knowledge quiz to evaluate their learning from the course. This is a pass/fail assessment of multiple-choice questions randomly selected from the course. Trainees must score 80 or more to accomplish the certificate.


IIRSM-approved certificate issued by Human Focus upon completing of training course

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hazards of lifting?

Poorly managed lifting operations can lead to some big risks to employee working, including:

  • Failure of lifting apparatus
  • Dropping loads
  • Electrical hazards
  • Crane overload
  • Workers being crushed by moving weight or lifting equipment

Does new lifting equipment have to be thoroughly examined before use?

Yes, new lifting equipment must be thoroughly examined before use. Employers must have lifting equipment examined in the following conditions:

Before using it for the first time, unless and until the equipment has a valid declaration of conformity which is less than a year, it must be examined by the competent person to confirm that the equipment must be assembled safely and correctly.

It must also be examined thoroughly after assembly and before using it. This helps to ensure that the equipment has been installed correctly and is safe to use.

What are procedures for safe lifting?

The procedures and tips of safe lifting and handling as recommended by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are:

  • Think before you lift
  • Keep the load close to the waist when manual handling
  • Adopt a stable position
  • Ensure a good hold on the load
  • Don’t bend your back when lifting

What should a lifting plan risk assessment include?

The plan for any lifting operations must include all foreseeable risks involved in the work, and identify the appropriate resources for the safe completion of the job.  Some of the factors to include are:

  • Working under suspended loads
  • Visibility
  • Environment
  • Location
  • Proximity hazards
  • Pre-use checking

The plan should set out the actions involved at each step of the operation and identify the responsibilities of those involved.

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