One operator's approach to lift planning mirrors OGP's recommended practice ///

What’s a lift plan? Unfortunately, these are words that are heard all too often following a lifting incident. The oil and gas exploration and production industry has seen a decrease in serious lifting incidents and fatalities in recent years; however, there is always room for improvement. Following the introduction of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) recommended practice, Report 376 “Lifting & Hoisting Safety,” BP America began a complete rewrite of its own lifting standard to mirror that set by OGP for planning of lifting operations.1 With this rewrite came the introduction of the new lift planning criterion used in BP GOM operations. This new lift planning criterion was designed to add more rigor and safeguards around lifting operations as well as to simplify the process. All BP GOM lifting operations have lift plans that document the job scope, hazards, risks and controls of the lifting operation.

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