Overhead Hoist Operation Safety

Posted by Matt Bushey in #YHSafetyTips, Oct 18, 2017

Hoist Safety

Operation of a hoist in a safe manner is one of the most important priorities when lifting heavy materials. The following three items must all be safe to ensure OSHA and safety regulations are met and no harm will come to anyone:

  • A safe hoist
  • A safe load
  • A safe operator

Inspect the hoist when it arrives from the manufacturer. YorkHoist can inspect new and current hoists with our Guardian Assurance Packages. Read the manufacture’s maintenance and operating instructions.

Warning labels must be read carefully, as they provide very important information about safe operation of the hoist. Failure to do so can result in short life of the hoist and possible work place injuries or death.

Warning label

OSHA requires the following criteria for hoists:

  • The safe working load of the overhead hoist, as determined by the manufacturer, shall be indicated on the hoist, and this safe working load shall not be exceeded.
  • The supporting structure to which the hoist is attached shall have a safe working load equal to that of the hoist.
  • The support shall be arranged so as to provide for free movement of the hoist and shall not restrict the hoist from lining itself up with the load.
  • The hoist shall be installed only in locations that will permit the operator to stand clear of the load at all times.
  • Air hoists shall be connected to an air supply of sufficient capacity and pressure to safely operate the hoist. All air hoses supplying air shall be positively connected to prevent their becoming disconnected during use.
  • All overhead hoists in use shall meet the applicable requirements for construction, design, installation, testing, inspection, maintenance, and operation, as prescribed by the manufacturer.

Ask YorkHoist today for an inspection of your hoists and cranes to ensure they are safe to use. Missed last week’s blog post on Fire Prevention, click here to view it.

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