The Crane Association of New Zealand (Inc.) has a number of tools to assist a PCBU by ensuring that an appropriate lift planning process is in place.
Lift planning in New Zealand can be broken into three distinct types:
The Crane Association produces a number of lift plans and rigging plans available for businesses to use as part of there process. You can purchase these plans from shop.cranes.org.nz. Crane Association Members receive a discount on the purchase price.
Lift Plans detail how to carry out simple or regular crane lifts. They are usually developed by the crane team on the day or similarly competent people. A Lift Plan may have an attached Rigging Plan for Complex Lifts or Irregular Loads.
The Crane Association provides industry standard lift plans with training material for:
Rigging plans detail how the rigging or a load will work and the calculations and checks taken for the rigging of a load. They are usually developed by the lift team on the day or similarly competent people such as a Dogman / Rigger. A Lift Plan may have an attached Rigging Plan for Complex Lifts or Irregular Loads.
The Crane Association provides rigging plans with training material for:
Engineered Lift Plans
Engineered lift plans are generally lift plans for complex lifts. They may follow a similar format to the lift plan and rigging plan discussed above but they will generally be more detailed and / or technical in their content. They are usually developed by an engineer or similarly competent person.
In an Engineered Lift Plan you may expect to see:
The Crane Safety Manual for Crane Operators and Dogman sets out general guidelines for lift planning.
Developing Workplace / Project Lifting Procedures
The Crane Association of New Zealand (Inc.) has developed comprehensive lifting procedures for larger sites and projects.
The lifting procedures outline responsibilities and accountabilities for:
A copy of the Lifting Procedures is available here.
In choosing to adopt the Lifting Procedure Sites and Projects align themselves with recognised industry practices in New Zealand.