When working with overhead cranes, dropped loads are one of the most common safety hazards. Improper operator training, side pulling with the crane, poor rigging technique, using an incorrect lifting device and hoist overloading, are the most common causes for dropped loads.
When using an overhead crane for material handling applications, having a preventative maintenance program in place is IMPERATIVE. This maintenance program should be centered on crane manufacturers recommendations, and based on an effective and thorough safety and inspection program that is conducted on a regular basis.
Accidents, property damage and fatalities occur every year due to improper use of cranes and equipment failure. Identifying hazards and adhering to simple inspection can safety guidelines reduce the probability of these unfortunate occurrences.
It is critically important that lifting equipment is in proper working order before placing it in service, for the safety both employees and a facility. When it comes to safety, any part of equipment inspection cannot afford to be overlooked. The equipment inspection and maintenance process includes the testing of equipment before it is used in operations. We will be going in depth about the importance of load testing overhead hoists and cranes throughout this blog post.