Danger exits when loads are transported or lifted by hoist, particularly when the equipment is not being used properly or is poorly maintained. Because incidents and serious injury could result, special safety precautions and training apply to the operation, maintenance and inspection of the Manual Chain Hoist.
Always ensure you verify the weight of the load, rigging and hoist and ensure it is well below the maximum support weight of the lift beam, always verify lift weight of beam, prior to hoisting.
WARINING: Improper chain hoist use could result in death or serious injury to avoid these hazards:
- Use a hoist for lifting, supporting or transporting people.
- Lift or transport loads over or near people.
- Lift more than the rated load.
- Use a hoist if the hook latch is missing or broken.
- Lift a load unless it is directly under the hook.
- Jerk a load or prevent a sudden loading.
- Use a twisted, kinked, damaged or stretched load chain.
- Swing a suspended load.
- Support a load on the tip of the hook.
- Read the operators manual, safety instructions, get training if required.
- Know the weight of the load, rigging weight and hoist weight, ensuring it is well below the maximum support weight of the structure, (lift beam).
- Check your equipment, hoist, slings and structure for serviceability.
- Make sure that you and others are clear of the load.
- Operate a hoist only if you are physically fit.
- Ensure the hoist is periodically inspected by authorized personal.
- Make sure the supporting structures and load-attaching device are strong enough to hold the weight of the load and hoist.
- Check the brake before use.
- Pay attention to the load at all times when operating the hoist.
- Utilize tag lines, do not get under the load or hoist.
- Complete a THA, review the steps of the job, the hazards and take pre cautionary measures.
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