10 questions for a safe lift

We developed 10 questions to ensure a safe lift. These questions are according to the lifting & hoisting safety recommended practice of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP).

1. Is everyone aware of and do they fully understand the lifting and hoisting procedures applicable to the lift?

2. Has everyone attended the toolbox talk?

3. Has a pre-use inspection of the Lifting Equipment been carried out and are the Lifting Accessories tagged or marked with: - Safe Working Load - A unique identification number - A valid certification date?

4. Are all safety devices working?

5. Does everyone know the Person In Charge of the lift?

6. Is everyone competent and aware of his or her tasks?

7. Is there a current “Lift Plan” and JSA and does everybody understand the job and precautions?

8. Does everyone know the environmental limits (e.g. maximum permissible wind speed) for the lift?

9. Is the lift area controlled and is everyone clear if the load falls or swings?

10. Are signalling methods and communication agreed and clear to you?


For easy distribution we also made the questions into a document.

You can download the document here.

  • Lifting


    Lifting is an activity during which the load is lifted in a controlled and guided manner, normally spoken from the bottom of the load, e.g. by means of a Fork Lift Truck, screw jack, rack jack, hydraulic jack, toe jack, lifting bag, etc.

  • Rigging


    Moving a load horizontally, vertically or at other angles and possibly through different floor levels, by use of different lifting and hoisting equipment. Lifting and hoisting equipment being divided in lifting and hoisting appliances versus lifting and hoisting accessories.

  • Hoisting


    Hoisting is an activity during which the load is suspended and hangs freely, e.g. by means of one or more crane, chain hoist, lever hoist, hoisting portal, beam clamp, winch, floating sheer leg, strand jack hoisting system, etc.

  • Specialized transport

    Specialized transport

    Transport of heavy, abnormal and oversized objects by means of specialised transport equipment such as Self Propelled Modular Transporters (so-called SPMT), conventional modular and multi axle transporters, skidding techniques, heavy industrial roller sets and heavy duty roller skates based on endless chain techniques.