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Case 54 - Civil engineering contractor insists that routine lorry loader lifting operations are supervised


A main civil engineering contractor is insisting that routine repetitive lifting operations are directly supervised by a person additional to the worker operating the lorry loader crane itself. The panel have been asked for their opinion on whether this is burdensome and unnecessary.

Panel decision

Under normal routine circumstances there should be no need for an additional independent supervisor, provided the lift operator is trained and competent. If this is a blanket requirement for all lifts regardless of risk then it appears over burdensome and disproportionate for routine operations, The main contractor should be asked to provide an explanation for this requirement on this particular task

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