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Temporary instability of heavy items

Some maintenance activity may involve the temporary suspension of a heavy item, or its movement to another part of the workplace for temporary storage or disposal. This activity is often carried out infrequently, or is a 'one-off', and will require careful pre-planning - necessitating more knowledge and skill than routine production tasks. Consequently, these activities need to be properly planned by a competent person who has both practical and theoretical knowledge, and who has relevant experience.

While temporarily supporting a heavy item, factors to take into account include:

While moving a heavy item in the workplace factors to take into account include:

HSE has produced guidance on the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, but there are no specific regulations or HSE guidance covering the temporary suspension of a heavy item or its movement to another part of the workplace.

Updated: 2012-10-08