Guidance on Lifting Operations

Safety Guidance by


This document gives guidance of lifting operations. It describes types of equipment to support lifting, whose responsible for safe practice and recording safety checks.


  •  Lifting operations should be considered a high risk activity and the consequences should
    something go wrong can be very serious.
  • Any incident involving the collapse, overturning or failure of load‐bearing parts of lifts and
    lifting equipment is reportable under RIDDOR
  • Lifting Equipment is defined as ‘work equipment for lifting and lowering loads’
  • Attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it and accessories such as strops,
    chains are also included
  • All lifts must be planned and supervised and follow a safe system of work
  • ‘Routine’ lifts can be carried out under a single robust lift plan /method statement
  • Complex and Standard lifts may be better procured out as a ‘Contract Lift’