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1 Jan 2020

What Does A Lifting Supervisor Do?

A lifting supervisor is in charge of the safe planning, control and execution of the assigned lifting operation. He or she is also responsible for producing a safe system for the work. In essence, if you are the lifting supervisor for a particular job, you will oversee all tasks and be responsible for the safe execution of the work

Responsibilities of a Lifting Supervisor

Lifting supervisors hold the responsibility of overseeing the safety and success of the entire lifting operation. As such, they need to consider a wide spectrum of factors. If you are appointed as a lifting supervisor, then the following list of responsibilities or factors must be considered. It should also be noted that this list is by no means exhaustive but it does cover the general areas which all lifting supervisors must take into account.

  • The load that is to be lifted, including its weight, lifting points, materials and durability
  • Load stability of the machine being used to lift and maneuver the load
  • The route that the machine is to transport the load by as well as the motion speed at which it can travel at
  • The correct selection of crane to be used, including that of its dimensions, reach and lift height
  • Choosing the right lifting accessories and ancillaries
  • The crane position and load position that is to be utilized during the lift
  • The lifting area’s environment, including any proximity hazards, ground conditions, environmental factors and oversailing zones
  • Space to be allocated for crane rigging and dismantling
  • Selecting relevant lifting personnel for the various roles
  • General safety for all participants in the operation

The Importance of the Lifting Supervisor

Industry statistics have shown that fatalities and dangerous near misses remain at uncomfortably high numbers. Common accidents include the toppling of heavy lifting equipment such as cranes during lifting operations as well as workers being struck by falling objects. Given the potential severity of injuries that can occur from such accidents, the value of safety during such operations cannot be understated.

The safe execution of all lifting activities is a multi-party effort, requiring the expertise of crane contractors, engineers, project managers, lifting supervisors, operators and workers. In particular, the lifting supervisor has a huge responsibility in ensuring the safety of all personnel, load and machinery.

Past accidents have revealed that with proper planning, co-ordination and supervision of the lifting operation, many injuries or damages could have being avoided. As such, lifting operation safety courses are now mandatory before you can assume the role of lifting supervisor in an operation.

The Supervise Safe Landing Operations Certification

With respect to safe lifting operations, the WSQ course – Supervise Safe Landing Operations is recognized locally by firms. Participants of the course can expect to be trained in the knowledge and application skills of carrying out safe lifting operations in line with WSH’s legislative requirements.

By the end of the course, you would have been trained in the following competency elements:

  1. Prepare to supervise safe lifting operations
  2. Carry out supervision of safe lifting operations
  3. Supervise reinstatement of safe lifting operations

The Generic Manufacturing Skills (GMS) WSQ Framework

The “Supervise Safe Landing Operations” course falls under the GMS WSQ framework.

The GMS WSQ framework was created with the intention of raising the professionalism of the entire manufacturing industry. This is done by equipping the workforce with essential generic yet portable skills that translate to a variety of workplaces. This empowers workers to adapt and be resilient in the face of an ever changing working environment. Furthermore, it grants employers access to a pipeline of skilled workforce labour, thus lending them a competitive advantage and aiding organization success.

Within this framework, workers pick up cross-cutting generic manufacturing skills that allow them to effectively contribute to their current organization. Moreover, it gives them the mobility to move across manufacturing companies.

Entry Requirements for the Course

The following requirements are mandatory for all potential participants of the Supervise Safe Landing Operations course:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Singaporeans, permanent residents or holders of a valid employment pass/work permit
  • Having previously completed the WSQ/MOM ATP rigging and signaling course
  • Minimally an Employability skills system Workplace Literacy and Numeracy level 4 holder
  • Be physically and mentally fit for training without any existing handicaps
  • Basic knowledge of the relevant sector of work
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Sign Up for the Supervise Safe Landing Operations Course At THT Academy

The THT Academy (formerly known as Tat Hong Training Services Pte Ltd) offers the WSQ Supervise Safe Landing Operations course. Held over the duration 4 days, with 35 lesson hours, the course ends with a 3 hour assessment. By the end of the course, participants would have be competently trained to carry out the various checks and assessments needed for safe lifting operations.

THT Academy Pte Ltd has provided heavy machinery operation training to businesses since 1999. We strongly support lifelong learning and re-training of individuals to help them enhance their employability.

Get your lifting supervisor certification with THT Academy. Learners will be eligible to clock hours for the BCA Multi-Skilling Scheme. To find out more about Multi-Skilling:

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