Almost no work can be carried out in any marine environment without a lifting process being involved. It is an essential component of all offshore operations. And, just as in good seamanship, the skills and knowledge required for lifting operations have to be gained through experience and training as well as from the study of written guidance.
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has produced a DVD entitled ‘Safe Lifting’ (IMCA SEL 29) to illustrate essential components of successful and safe lifting operations, and provide yet another step on the all-important road to ‘zero incidents’.
The DVD is based on IMCA’s related lifting good practice, particularly the guidance document, IMCA SEL 019/M 187 ‘Guidelines for Lifting Operations’.
“Even when detailed planning is undertaken in a lift, there are still accidents, and some can be fatal, so it is vital that four elements are followed as part of every lifting procedure – training; assessed and assured competence; procedure and planning; and above all, constant vigilance,” says IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler.
“Our new 15-minute DVD covers these points well, highlights key IMCA guidance documents and our log books and reminds viewers of many important maxims such as ‘routine is the friendly killer’ when an operator thinks ‘done this a hundred times’ and ‘I can do this with my eyes closed’ – routine can close that operator’s eyes, or someone else’s …. for good. Yes, shock tactics, but we want everyone to understand the issues and the effects.
“IMCA’s whole suite of lifting guidance has been readily accepted by contractors and clients internationally and provides an excellent basis on which to build company procedures and to assist in the training of those involved with lifting operations. We hope the new DVD will be used as part of other related information on safe lifting procedures. Above all, we urge all involved with lifting operations ‘Take care, stay alert – be sure that all your lifts are controlled and, above all – safe’. What better message could there be?”
IMCA SEL 29 is available at £10 +VAT for members and £20 +VAT for non-members. It is available in 10 different languages (English, French, Latin American Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Tagalog, Malay, Indonesian, Arabic and Russian).
For more information, visit www.imca-int.com