Company: NES Fircroft
Skills: Floating Systems
Experience: 10 + Years
Education: Some College
Employment Type: Full Time Contractor
Salary: n/a
Location: Houston, Texas, United States

                                                     Lifting Authority requirements  


lifting authority

Must have 10 years experience

Houston Texas***

An individual with the appropriate knowledge, training, skills and experience to carry out the responsibilities

as determined by the crane owner or Person in Charge (PIC).

7.2.2 Person in Charge

The Person in Charge (PIC) has the overall responsibility for work activities and can be the Supervisor, Manager, Project Engineer, Offshore Installation Manager (OIM), Tool Pusher, etc. The Person in Charge recognizes, or is advised of; the need for a lifting activity and either notifies the Lifting Authority or appoints a Lifting Authority to plan the lifting operation.


7.2.3 Lifting Authority

The Lifting Authority is someone who plans and supervises lifting operations, and shall have the practical skill, theoretical knowledge, and ability to carry out risk assessments, produce and assess lift plans and conduct pre-lift meeting or toolbox talks as determined by the owner/operator. The Lifting Authority may or may not supervise the lifting operation but is the focal point of authority for the technical operation and technical aspects of the lift.


7.3 Planning the Lift

7.3.1 The Lift plan is intended to clearly identify the Lifting Authority planning the lift, and the lifting operation to which it relates. All designated lifting operations should have a lift plan supported by analysis of potential hazards and risks. The plan should describe in detail the systematic steps or movements required to safely relocate the load from its origin to its final resting place.

7.3.2 The lift plan (for single or multiple lifts) should be documented, and shall identify the Lift Team members. The Lifting Authority should verify the qualifications of the lift team members involved in the lift. The lift plan should include a copy of the pre-use inspection, and the most recent crane inspection should be reviewed for deficiencies.


7.3.4 Generic lift plans can be appropriate for a series of similar or routine lifts within specified limits, but shall be formally reviewed and re-issued periodically. The classification of lifting operations is designed to give the Person in Charge and the Lifting Authority additional guidance in terms of the risk assessment, Planning, supervision and the qualifications of the personnel performing the lifting operation.

7.4 Lift Categorization

To ensure that suitable controls are applied, lifting operations should be categorized according to the level of risk and complexity. As an aid to identifying risks and suitable controls, lifting operations should be categorized to reflect increasing risk and increasing level of control required. The Lifting Authority should determine the applicable categorizations for each lift. See Annex G for example categorization schemes for routine and non-routine lifts.

7.5 Risk Assessment

7.5.1 Every lifting operation should be risk assessed by the Lifting Authority before the work begins. The Lifting Authority should ensure that appropriate controls are in place for those hazards identified in the written assessment such that the risks are managed as an integral part of the lift plan. A suitable documented risk assessment such that risks are managed as an integral part of the lift plan. A suitable documented risk assessment may already exist for "routine" lifts (generic). If so, the existing risk assessment shall be reviewed for its applicability. If any significant changes are required to the existing risk assessment, for example there are additional risks not accounted for, a new risk assessment should be developed.

7.9 Approval of Lift Plans

All lifts plans should be reviewed and approved by the Lifting Authority. The rigor of review should be determined by the category of lift, which can require an engineer specialist.








Occidental revised lift plan has integrated roles and responsibilities for Lifting Authority so as to ensure full requirements of the above API recommended Practice                              


Lifting Authority

A person (employee or contractor) who manages lifts. The person shall have the practical skill, theoretical knowledge, ability to carry out risk assessments, and develop lifting plans. The person may or may not supervise the critical lifting operations but is the local point of authority for the technical operations and technical aspects of the lift.


5.2 Person In Charge (PIC)
  • Signs off on all lift plans prior to the lifting operation.
  • Responsible for identifying the lifting authority for all lifting and rigging operations.
  • If a JHA was conducted for any crane operation ensures that action items and barriers are adequately addressed.
5.3 Lifting Authority
      • Prepares the lift plan and conducts a risk assessment of the plan for all lifts. The PIC or lifting equipment operator may serve as lifting authority if they have the proper qualifications.
      • Confirming that lifting equipment has current and proper certifications
      • Ensuring that the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) provides load charts for the specific configurations used on the facility
      • Ensuring that a process is in place at their facility to ensure all fixed lifting equipment is maintained and operated in accordance with this procedure and manufacturer's recommended practices
      • Ensuring that a process is in place at the facility for the proper inspection, inventory and storage of all lifting gear.
      • Ensuring that a register of all company owned lifting gear is maintained on the facility, along with all certification and inspection records.
      • Ensure a documentation system is in place for all lift plans.
6. Safe Work All facilities shall designate a Lifting Authority who has the experience, training and certification to carry out the Lifting Authority roles and responsibilities within this procedure

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