To lift a beam into place, we use two basic approaches. The first is the easier method and works well if we can get direct access to the beam's final location. We just center the beam on the forks and lift it into place on support columns or walls.
A variation of this technique is to attach the support columns and hardware to the beam while it's on the ground, then lift the whole assembly into place.
The second approach is to strap the beam with rigging straps.This takes a little longer but gives the guys on ladders or scaffolding more maneuverability to guide the beam into a pocket.
It's important that everyone on the crew uses exactly the same signal style and that the operator stays focused on the framer who's doing the signaling.