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4 Reasons Why You Need a Lift Plan for Your Project

Crane Safety | May 6 / 22

Lifting and rigging are complex processes that require considerable planning to ensure that the job is completed safely. Whether you are working on a project that involves tilt-up concrete, heavy HVAC units, or wind turbine parts, you need a comprehensive lift plan before handling any materials with a mobile crane. As a leading provider of quality mobile cranes for all types of projects, the team at Eagle West Crane & Rigging knows how vital lift plans are for every operation. That is why we have provided a list of 4 reasons why you need a lift plan for your project to demonstrate their importance.

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Why is a Lift Plan Required for Every Project?

A unique lift plan should always be created before performing any lifts with a crane. While this may take some time, a comprehensive lift plan will help you:

1. Select the Right Equipment

The materials you will be handling, the terrain you will be operating on, and various site challenges will all be noted as part of your lift plan. Failure to account for these elements could lead to choosing a crane that does not offer enough lift capacity or a unit that is too large for your site. By considering each of these elements, you can make an informed equipment decision for your project and choose a mobile crane rental that will optimize productivity and safety.

2. Identify Potential Hazards

Whether a project is large or small, every site features a variety of hazards that will need to be addressed before any work begins. From overhead obstructions and power lines to uneven terrain and hazardous weather, a lift plan will address these challenges and provide information on how to navigate them for all involved site personnel.

3. Optimize Processes and Enhance Safety

Lifts are far more complex than they appear. Without a lift plan, crane operators and other personnel can quickly become lost and unsure of what to do next. A detailed lift plan can ensure that operators and other personnel always know what to do and when to do it. This enhances safety and productivity by optimizing the lifting process and ensuring that there is no room for confusion.

4. Account for Unexpected Challenges

A thorough site review and walkthrough are typically conducted as part of a lift plan. This walkthrough can help you discover potential terrain hazards, overhead obstructions, and weather-based challenges that you may not have discovered otherwise, helping you determine a solution in advance and keep your operation moving smoothly.

To learn more about crane safety or to inquire about our selection of mobile crane rentals, get in touch with the team at Eagle West Crane & Rigging. We can be reached by phone at 1-800-667-2215 or through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our crane rentals or the details of your project.