Hoist Inspection & Maintenance






This article is Part 4 of a 7-part blog series that will cover what operators should consider when performing a pre-operational hoist safety inspection. Today, we’ll discuss controls. Before operating a hoist, it is critical to check the hoist controls. If a hoist control is not properly labeled or is not working correctly, people can […]

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This article is Part 3 of a 7-part blog series that will cover what operators should consider when performing a pre-operational hoist safety inspection. Today, we’ll discuss markings and labels. The first thing you want to check for during a Pre-Operational Inspection are markings. One type of marking to look for on the hoist is […]

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This article is Part 2 of a 7-part blog series that will cover what operators should consider when performing a pre-operational hoist safety inspection. Today, we’ll discuss the difference between Frequent and Periodic hoist inspections. There are two classes of hoist inspections: Frequent Inspections and Periodic Inspections. Frequent Inspections This is what we refer to as […]

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This article is Part 1 of a 7-part blog series that will cover what operators should consider when performing a pre-operational hoist safety inspection. Today, we’ll discuss Safety Standards and Regulations. When using hoisting equipment, it is very important to know and understand all of the safety and inspection standards that apply to your lifting […]

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This article is Part 1 of a 3-part blog series that will provide an overview of safe practices for the use of material handling equipment in hazardous environments. Today, we’ll discuss the need for spark resistance. Across a variety of industries, ranging from upstream oil and gas and refining to agriculture and wood working, potentially flammable […]

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Ordering replacement parts for CM, Yale and Shaw-Box brand electric chain and wire rope hoists is easier, faster and more economical than ever with Parts Star™ by Columbus McKinnon. The Parts Star™ replacement parts program ensures customers that they’re getting authentic Columbus McKinnon parts — the parts designed to fit the hoist’s exact specifications, maintain warranty […]

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Richard, a recent safety webinar attendee, asks: “Do you need to load test when you replace the wire rope in an underhung hoist?” Peter Cooke, CMCO Training Manager and Safety Webinar presenter, answers: The replacement of wire rope or chain for underhung hoists is specifically excluded from load test requirements. The wire rope should have already […]

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Joe, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor and recent safety webinar attendee, asks: “Does welding spatter warrant the replacement of a chain?” Peter Cooke, CMCO Training Manager and Safety Webinar presenter, answers: Yes, weld spatter does warrant chain replacement. Weld spatter should be considered as heat damage. Because hoist chain is heat treated, any heat 410 degrees […]

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Is there anyone out there who’s having to do more with less? Do you have a large inventory to manage or equipment to inspect, and all of it requiring thorough documentation to comply with regulations? Are you having a difficult time finding a good inspector or ensuring your inspectors are doing a quality job? Well […]

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During my training sessions, I am frequently asked if hoist hooks can be repaired if they are damaged or broken. OSHA and ASME regulations provide specific requirements for hoist hook repair to help answer this question. According to OSHA 1910.179 (L)(3)(iii)(A), hook repairs by welding or reshaping are not generally recommended. If such repairs are attempted […]

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