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R. Baker and Son: What is a Critical Lift?
By: R. Baker & Son
• Any lift that requires more than one crane
• Loads exceeding 75% of a crane's rated capacity
• Lifting of personnel
• Load suspension above rigging personnel
• Loads not in view of the crane operator
• Loads of exceptional value
• Loads that have the potential for becoming unstable during rigging
If it is determined that a lift is to be considered critical, a detailed critical lift plan must be prepared. Following an analysis by qualified rigging personnel, a critical lift plan should include details such as size and weight of the load, equipment needed, boom length and angle, crane and boom positioning, required personnel, crane capacity, sequencing, and environmental conditions, among others. The critical lift plan should be thoroughly reviewed with the rigging crew prior to the lift to ensure that all necessary details and required safety procedures are in place.
R. Baker & Son, a leading rigging contractor since 1936, has conducted countless critical lifts for a vast array of clients in a variety of industries throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. They are staffed by experienced master riggers, engineers, and skilled rigging tradespersons and equipped with all of the necessary equipment to handle even the most complex rigging projects with the highest safety standards.
R. Baker & Son - All Industrial Services
190 Boundary Road
Marlboro, NJ 07746
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