ES&H Manual



6141 Appendix T4

Hoisting and Rigging Operations

(Including Planning a Lift)



1.0            Purpose


Overhead or mobile cranes operations at Jefferson Lab are accomplished in accordance with DOE-STD-1090-2011, Hoisting and Rigging (formerly Hoisting and Rigging Manual).


2.0            Scope


This procedure applies to hoisting and rigging operations performed on behalf of Jefferson Lab, by its employees or by others.


The activities required for hoisting and rigging are performed in coordination with:

·       ES&H Manual Chapter 6140 Material Handling Equipment Program

·       ES&H Manual 6141 Material Handling Equipment – Rigging, Cranes, and Hoists


3.0            Responsibilities

NOTE:           Management authority may be delegated to a task qualified Jefferson Lab employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.


3.1              Material Handling Manager (MHM)

·         Ensure the Lift Director, as defined by ASME B30.5; or the Person-In-Charge, as defined by DOE STD 1090, is qualified to perform all designated responsibilities.


3.2              Person-In-Charge / Lift Director

·         Develop lift plans.

·         Ensure all personnel involved in the lift operations are knowledgeable and qualified to perform duties as assigned.

·         Ensure all foreseeable contingencies have been addressed.


4.0            Process Steps


4.1              Planning the Lift

In accordance with DOE-STD-1090-2011, Hoisting and Rigging – Chapter 2 Critical Lifts an appointed person determines that a planned lift is in compliance with the DOE Standard. The appointed person should have a basic knowledge of material handling methods and significant knowledge of the capabilities of the material handling personnel and material handling equipment within the work area. Material handling personnel with master rigger training should be consulted by the appointed person


Step 1:             Review DOE-STD-1090-2011, Hoisting and Rigging when developing lift plans. Where the DOE Standard appears to be in conflict with previously employed lifting practices, contact the Material Handling Manager (MHM) for an interpretation.


Step 2:             Classify each lift into one of the DOE categories:

·         CRITICAL (see Step 2a).

·         PREENGINEERED PRODUCTION (see Step 2b).

·         ORDINARY (see Step 2c).



Step 2a:          CRITICAL LIFT* – Lift Plan[1] required. 


*Per DOE-STD-1090-2011, Hoisting and Rigging; Chapter 2 – CRITICAL LIFTS:

a. An appointed person shall classify each lift into one of the DOE categories (ordinary, critical, or pre-engineered production) prior to planning the lift. 


b. A lift shall be designated critical if any of the following conditions are met:

1.      The load item, if damaged or upset would result in a release into the environment of radioactive or hazardous material exceeding the established permissible environmental limits. 

2.      The load item is unique and, if damaged, would be irreplaceable or not repairable and is vital to a system, facility or project operation. 

3.      The cost to replace or repair the load item, or the delay in operations of having the load item damaged would have a negative impact on facility, organizational, or DOE budgets to the extent that it would affect program commitments. 

4.      A lift not meeting the above criteria shall also be designated critical if mishandling or dropping of the load would cause any of the above noted consequences to nearby installations or facilities."


Step 2b:          PREENGINEERED PRODUCTION LIFT** – Requires an Operational Safety Procedure (OSP) or Temporary OSP.


**Per DOE-STD-1090-2011, Hoisting and Rigging; Chapter 3 – PREENGINEERED PRODUCTION LIFTS:

a. An appointed person shall classify each lift into one of the DOE categories (ordinary, critical, or pre-engineered production) prior to planning the lift. 


b.  A lift may be determined to be a pre-engineered production lift if all of the following criteria are met:

1.      The group of items to be lifted is identical in terms of dimensions, weight, center of gravity, load path, method of attachment to the lifting equipment, and selection of lifting equipment.

2.      All items must be lifted in adherence to a specific step-by-step procedure that eliminates job rigging decisions or calculations by lift personnel. The lifting procedure shall address the specific operation and attachment of all lifting equipment, fixtures and accessories.

3.      Training procedures are in place to ensure specialized training is provided to personnel involved in pre-engineered production lifts.


Step 2c:           ORDINARY LIFT – no lift plan necessary.  Continue with work.


4.2              Lift

Perform lift operation in accordance with the Lift Plan or OSP. If a crane/hoist malfunctions at any time during the operation, suspend work in accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 3330 Appendix T1 Suspend Work for Safety Procedure and contact the MHM immediately. 


5.0            Revision Summary


Revision 1.4 – 01/24/18 – Updated TPOC from B.Sperlazza to M.Loewus

Revision 1.3 – 02/09/17 – Updated TPOC from D.Kausch to B.Sperlazza per B.Sperlazza

Revision 1.2 – 12/18/15 – Eliminated two positions previously identified as the MHSR and the MHER, the responsibilities of these positions are now performed by the MHM.

Periodic Review – 12/04/14 – No changes per TPOC

Revision 1.1 – 10/29/13 – Updated DOE Standard link

Revision 1.0 – 04/12/10 – Updated to reflect current laboratory operations










ES&H Division

Mark Loewus





This document is controlled as an on line file.  It may be printed but the print copy is not a controlled document.  It is the user’s responsibility to ensure that the document is the same revision as the current on line file.  This copy was printed on 2/16/2018.

[1] Jefferson Lab Lift Plan Form This form must be completed for each crane lift using a mobile crane or a critical lift with an overhead crane or forklift.  The form should be used for non-routine lifts using overhead cranes and/or incorporated into an Operational Safety Procedure (OSP).