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General Practices for a Lifting Hoist

By Tim Muprhy 1 years ago No comments

When it comes to lifting hoists, there are certain practices to follow. When using a hoist, there is an operator and, in some instances, a designated leader and/or a signaler. Everyone involved must understand the procedural steps for both the control and execution of hoisting activities. The operator of a lifting hoist must be familiar with the characteristics of the equipment as well as understand and follow all safety rules.

Putting Safety First

No hoist, rigging, or crane hardware can be loaded beyond the capacity for which the equipment is rated. The only exception is for testing purposes. If a lifting hoist and rigging are used for standard lifts that require more than one person, there has to be a designated leader. This individual must be at the lift site throughout the entire operation. If just one person operates a hoist, all responsibilities are assumed by that individual.

The designation can come in many different forms, including detailed verbal instructions, written instructions, and responsibilities that are clearly defined for the organizational structure of the crew. It is the leader’s responsibility to make sure that people involved with lifting hoists understand the correct way of making a lift to ensure the load weight is properly determined, and that conditions at the site are safe.

The designated leader must make sure that the lifting hoist is properly set up, positioned, and operational. This individual will assign a signaler whenever necessary. The leader is also responsible for ensuring that all lifting operations are efficient and safe. If any potential danger is identified, the leader must stop the job. Should an accident occur, the leader is the “go-to” person.

The signaler directs the lift, making sure the load is properly balanced and secured prior to being lifted more than just a few inches. The signaler also checks the path of the load, looking specifically for any obstructions. The operator also plays an important role. For instance, prior to a lift starting, this person makes sure there are no kinks in the chain or rope and that multiple-part lines are not twisted. If there is any slack in the chain or rope, the operator of the lifting hoist seats the line on the sprockets, sheaves, and so on, until the slack has been eliminated.

Consult Murphy Industrial Products, Inc. for the proper hoist for your application.

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