Wire Rope Hoist Safety and Inspection
At Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company, Inc. we take our customer’s safety seriously. Because we are so committed to safety, we provide informational articles and resources to our customers free of charge when it comes to products such as a hoist. A wire rope hoist is a popular and commonly used tool. This article will explain what to look out for when inspecting the hoist. A quick and easy check will not only ensure you’re in compliance with regulatory guidelines such as OSHA, but it will prevent costly accidents in the workplace. We hope you can incorporate these simple checks into your workday and share them with fellow employees.
The Inspection Process of a Wire Rope Hoist
The inspection process should be completed before beginning work for the day. The hoist should also be inspected before lifting each load. Not taking just a few moments to do a proper inspection can lead to dropping a load, causing serious and costly damage. When beginning work, the wire rope should be inspected for damage and wear and tear. You should measure the rope and compare it with the manufacturer’s specifications. Should you find it doesn’t meet specifications or shows a variance, it’s most likely time to consider replacement. The wire should also be inspected thoroughly and not contain any kinks. You should replace your wire rope hoist if:
- There is a dozen (or more) broken wires in one or more area(s).
- There are 4 (or more) broken or split wires in the same strand.
- Broken wire(s) extend out from the core.
- Any wire is half of its original size.
- There are snagged wires.
- There are pulled up wires, also known as “bird cages.”
- There is rust of any sort.
Those working with a wire rope hoist should consult with their resource(s) to check for exact specifications that pertain to them.
At KWRS, we believe that everyone plays a role in the safe operation of a wire rope hoist. Only trained professionals should be using and performing inspections on any equipment. Some tell-tale signs that you should lookout for during an inspection include (but are not limited to):
- Exceeding the stated breaking point
- Non-identical replacement items
- Matching hardware designed specifically for the hoist
- Weather appropriate rope wire
- Correct spacing/securing of the rope when on the reel
We hope these tips are useful in your everyday practical application. When in doubt, always consult with a trained professional for help. Following these guidelines will provide a quick and easy way to spot potential issues before they could occur. Increasing productivity and reducing risk is a great game plan for every business, small or large. Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company, Inc. is a great resource to help with any of your wire, rope and other rigging needs. We’d love to help you with your special project, so give us a call to get a quote today!
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