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Snagging Threats for Crane Lifts

Graham Marshall - Sunday, April 08, 2012

Highlighted today is another safety alert from the Marine Safety Forum.

The alert highlights the risk involved in heavy lifts on offshore platforms.

In this example, several new crane boom sections were loaded and transported offshore as part of a crane refurbishment program.

There was a lift plan for the boom sections but this only covered the operation of swinging the boom sections over the installation deck and landing them in their designated positions.

The plan did not consider the operation of lifting the boom sections from the vessel deck.

The load-out of the vessel focussed on the vulnerability of the lights on the boom sections and how best to load the boom sections to avoid damage to these during transit.

There was no consideration given to the snagging hazards presented by the walkway on the boom sections.

As a consequence the boom sections were loaded close to the crash barriers on the vessel.

During the hoisting of one of the crane boom sections, the walkway on the boom section snagged on the vessel crash barrier, damaging the walkway.

The MSF safety alert highlights the issues and provides pictures.

To access the safety alert, simply click here.

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