Lifting Operations on Piling Sites - Appointed Person Statement
In 2000 (revised 2004 and 2005), the FPS prepared a Code of Industry Best Practice incorporating the requirements of LOLER (1998) and the associated HSE ACOP L113. The FPS LOLER Code was reviewed by the HSE without adverse comment.
The above FPS LOLER Code looks in detail how LOLER applies to Piling Operations. It specifically addresses four aspects:
The FPS (in line with BS 7121:2006 Code of Practice for Safe Use of Cranes Part 1 General) consider that on the larger sites where lifting operations are carried out by various sub-contractors, the Principal Contractor has a responsibility to appoint the Appointed Person, however, the piling company will still provide a lift plan for the piling operations and will control their own lifting operations on site.
A lift plan will be produced and approved by the “Appointed Person”. This Appointed Person will have completed a minimum three day Appointed Persons’ training course or be holder of a CPCS Appointed Person Card. Routine lifting on site however would be carried out by a competent person, holding a “Slinger/Signaller” qualification.
The slinger/signaller qualification may be one of the following:
The type of loads that a slinger/signaller would routinely lift on a piling site would include:
The lifting apparatus could include a mobile or crawler crane, excavator or piling rig hoist.
The Federation of Piling Specialists
Site Personnel Safety