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RISK MANAGEMENT

If you are unsure at any time about any information and/

or application contained within this book please seek

advice from your supervisor or manager.

Where there is discrepancy between the information

within this handbook and the relevant Australian

Standards, International Standards, site policies and

procedures and state codes of practise, the information

set out in Government Legislation, state Codes

of Practice, Australian Standards or International

Standards shall apply.

SAFETY AT SITE

Work on any site which involves lifting equipment should

require the use of risk management tools such as:

• Risk Assessment

• Job Step Analysis (JSA)

• Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

Most sites will have standard formats for the above and

these tools are recommended best practice for working

with and/or around lifting equipment.

SAFE USE OF LIFTING EQUIPMENT

Lifting Equipment Design

All lifting equipment shall have the applicable design

factor or engineering calculation applied by the

manufacturer. Any variation to the design factor should

only be reviewed and approved by the manufacturer or

an engineer.

Design factors are determined and applied to lifting

equipment based on the following circumstances:

• Normal wear & tear

• Environmental conditions

• Loss of material cross-sectional area

• Sudden release of stored energy (shock load)

• Other dynamic forces