Rod, a Canadian crane services manager and recent safety webinar attendee, asked:
“Is changing a hoist brake a modification?
Tom Reardon, Columbus McKinnon training instructor, responds:
Changing a hoist holding brake is not a modification simply because the brake is being replaced.
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines modification as: “a change in something (such as a system or style).”
If we replace a holding brake on a hoist and it is original equipment from the manufacturer of the brake we are replacing and it is identical to the brake we are replacing, this replacement is not a modification. We have not changed the form, fit, function, size, system or style.
If we replace the original brake with a brake that will lend the same characteristics as the old or removed brake but is a different size, shape, bolt pattern, or is not according to the original equipment manufacturer’s specifications, it would be considered a modification.
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