Avoiding Electrocution While Operating Electric Hoists

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One of the most important factors when it comes to hoists is utilizing the proper safety measures.  There are many different types of hoists on the market today.  Hoists are typically either manually or electrically operated.   If you choose something like an electric chain hoist, you want to use extra precaution when operating it.  All hoists are powerful and can cause accidents or injuries if not used properly, however electric hoists work with electricity and need to be handled with extra care.

A common hoisting hazard is electrocution when hoist lines or loads make contact with overhead electrical wires.  Before you begin operating your hoist on your particular worksite, there’s a very important step to follow.  You should always inspect the worksite for any potential electrical hazards.  It’s also critical to maintain the proper distance from electrical lines.  If you absolutely have to work near electrical lines, it’s important to de-energize them ahead of time.  Another great option is to actually utilize proximity alarms to warn if your equipment is coming into close contact with an energized line.

Another aspect of safety to consider for electric hoists is whether or not the hoist has an automatic cut off switch.  In case there is an emergency, this switch will quickly shut off the power.  You should know where the switch is before operating the hoist.  It’s also a good idea to have a battery back-up supply in case there’s a power failure.

While a hand chain hoist has its own necessary precautions, electric hoists require extra special attention and care.