Risk Assessment

Summary of Requirements of BS7121 Parts 1 and 3 continued

Risk Assessment: As part of the planning process a Risk Assessment must be carried out to identify any hazards. The Risk Assessment should:

  • Evaluate the risks
  • Identify any measures required to eliminate or reduce these risks
  • Be unique to the site
  • Be in writing and used for preparation of the Method Statement

Method Statement: Once the Risk Assessment has been completed a full Method Statement should be prepared detailing the safe system of work for the operation. This should include:

  • The task to be achieved
  • Configuration of the crane at the end of the task
  • Steps to eliminate danger to personnel not involved in the lift
  • Clear statements of responsibilities and roles for each member of the team
  • Any site induction requirements
Selection of Personnel: BS7121 sets out guidance for the selection of personnel to carry out the lifting operation and details the minimum attributes, competencies and experience. It also sets out detailed requirements for the training of operatives. All personnel should be:
  • Competent
  • Trained and assessed
  • Able to present a record of training and assessment
  • Physically able to do the work
Further detailed requirements are given for the following categories of personnel:
  • Crane supervisor
  • Crane operator 
  • Slinger
  • Signaller

All personnel must be trained and competent in the use of the crane signaling as recommended in BS7121 which has become an industry standard. 


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