Mobile Lifting Gantries - Moving under load

Here at SELS we work closely with the designers and manufacturers of lifting gantries. In line with the recommended Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Lifting Equipment, section 11 as written by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA).  The off-the-shelf gantry product range is not designed for movement of the structure under load; it has been designed for vertical lifts only. However, it is common practice for a client's competent person to assess special lifting requirements and provide risk assessments and method statements that would specify the appropriate controls to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that a safe system of work can be implemented.  This may include dialogue and advice from the manufacturer and some equipment or variations on standard equipment to meet their requirement.

In order for SELS to meet the customers total requirements we would need to know specific detail concerning the environmental and terrain conditions, where the Gantry is to be used, how the Gantry is intended to be moved (whether manually or powered) and any other factors that the customer feels may influence the use of the gantry.

Appropriate controls

When moving a gantry under load - prior to preparation of risk assessment and method statement the competent person may consider the following:

Please note - This is not a 'checklist' or 'Recommendation'. The competent person must identify all hazards and mitigate the risks and plan / implement the lift accordingly.

Last updated: 21-07-2012 16:17:58