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Chapter 6141 Material Handling Equipment - Rigging, Cranes, and Hoists
This document defines Jefferson Lab's training, procurement, inspection, and maintenance requirements for rigging, cranes, and hoists used on its behalf. These requirements are in addition to those outlined in ES&H Manual Chapter 6140 Material Handling Equipment Program.

Jefferson Lab bases these requirements on the requirements contained in the following documents:

This chapter and its appendices apply to the operation and use of overhead and mobile cranes, hoists, and rigging hardware operated on behalf of Jefferson Lab by employees or subcontractors.

Work involving the use of mobile cranes often includes a forklift and forklift attachment(s). Refer to ES&H Manual Chapter 6145 Material Handling - Forklifts and Attachments for requirements relating to this equipment.

The movement of hazardous waste using a crane and/or hoist must be accomplished under the supervision of the Jefferson Lab Hazardous Waste Coordinator (HWC).

Table 1: Required Material Handling Training by Job Classification

Training Course Wire Rope Inspector Crane Operator Master Rigger
Wire Rope Inspection Training
Overhead Crane Operator Qualification
ITI Master Rigger
Medical Monitoring for Hazardous Work
* Per ES&H Manual Chapter 6800 Appendix T1 Medical Monitoring


T1 Training Requirements - Overhead Crane/Hoist Operators, Riggers, and Signal Persons
Qualified crane/hoist operators at Jefferson Lab are approved by their supervisor/TR and trained and/or approved by the MHSR on the proper equipment type and operation. ES&H Manual Chapter 6141 Appendix T1 Training Requirements - Overhead Crane/Hoist Operators, Riggers, and Signal Persons provides the training required by Jefferson Lab in order to be considered a qualified crane operator, rigger, or signal person.
T2 Procurement Requirements Related to Overhead & Mobile Cranes, Hoists, and Rigging
Requirements for the purchase or lease of overhead and mobile cranes, hoists, rigging, contracted equipment, and associated subcontracted services, over and above those for material handling equipment, are provided in ES&H Manual Chapter 6141 Appendix T2 Procurement Requirements Related to Overhead & Mobile Cranes, Hoists, and Rigging.
T3 Inspection Procedures - Overhead & Mobile Cranes, Hoists, and Rigging
Jefferson Lab requires routine inspection and regular maintenance of overhead cranes, hoists and rigging used on its behalf. ES&H Manual Chapter 6141 Appendix T3 Inspection Procedures - Overhead & Mobile Cranes, Hoists, and Rigging provides procedures for this requirement. It is based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers national standards.

Wire Rope Inspection Report Form: Click for Word Document

T4 Hoisting and Rigging Operations (Including Planning a Lift)
Overhead or mobile cranes operations at Jefferson Lab are accomplished in accordance with DOE-STD-1090-2007; Standard for Hoisting and Rigging. A lift plan must be completed for each crane lift using a mobile crane and is required for any critical lifts using an overhead crane or forklift. A lift plan should be used for non-routine lifts using overhead cranes, or incorporated into a Temporary Operational Safety Procedure. ES&H Manual Chapter 6141 Appendix T4 Hoisting and Rigging Operations (Including Planning a Lift) provides the process steps to be performed to ensure safe operations of this equipment.

Jefferson Lab Lift Plan Form: Click for Word Document

T6 Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices
At Jefferson Lab below-the-hook lifting devices (BTHLD) are designed, built, and purchased to perform specific functions. ES&H Manual Chapter 6141 Appendix T6 Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices outlines the requirements for the design, production, use, and modification of these devices.


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

Material Handling Manager (MHM)
  • Authorizes repairs and maintenance requirements for cranes and hoists.
  • Oversees annual inspection of hoisting equipment and operator training for overhead cranes and hoists.
Supervisor/Technical Representative (TR)
  TR also
  • Directs the subcontractor to submit a Material Handling Lift Plan several days before a planned crane or other lift by a machine involving a suspended load. Ensure the equipment operator and rigger qualifications are included in the Lift Plan. Refer to Appendix T4 for Lift Planning
  • Monitors the performance of subcontractor's crane/hoist operations and notifies MHM of any concerns.
Qualified Crane and Hoist Operators - Includes anyone approved to use a crane, hoist, or associated equipment for the benefit of Jefferson Lab.
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Document Control:
    APPROVAL DATE:   01/24/18
    REVIEW DATE:  03/25/24
    Revision 1.7 - 03/25/21 - Periodic Review; Updated header and footer, changed SOTR to TR, no new approval needed.
    Revision 1.6 - 01/24/18 - Updated TPOC from B.Sperlazza to M.Loewus
    Revision 1.5 - 02/09/17 - Updated TPOC from D.Kausch to B.Sperlazza per B.Sperlazza.
    Revision 1.4 - 12/17/15 - Eliminated two positions previously identified as the MHSR and the MHER, the responsibilities of these positions are now performed by the MHM. Revised 3.2.1 to clearly state the intent of the previous poorly worded paragraph. Added the requirement to use a Lift Plan for any load suspended by a machine other than a crane.
    Revision 1.3 - 12/04/14 - Periodic Review; minor edits with no substantive changes.
    Revision 1.2 - 05/20/14 - Added Required Safety Training Table.
    Revision 1.1 - 03/22/12: Update to format and web links only.
    Revision 1.0 - 04/04/10: Updated to reflect current laboratory operations.

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