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Hoist and Auxiliary Equipment

This checklist is not all-inclusive. You should add to it or delete items that do not apply to your business; however, carefully consider each item and make your decision. You should refer to Minnesota statutes and rules, and federal OSHA standards adopted by reference in Minnesota for specific guidance that may apply to your work situation (see (Note: This checklist is typical for general industry but not for construction or maritime industries.)
  • Is each overhead electric hoist equipped with a limit device to stop the hook at its highest and lowest point of safe travel?
  • Will each hoist automatically stop and hold any load up to 125 percent of its rated load if its actuating force is removed?
  • Is the rated load of each hoist legibly marked and visible to the operator?
  • Are stops provided at the safe limits of travel for trolley hoists?
  • Are the controls of hoists plainly marked to indicate the direction of travel or motion?
  • Is each cage-controlled hoist equipped with an effective warning device?
  • Are close-fitting guards or other suitable devices installed on each hoist to ensure that hoist ropes will be maintained in the sheave grooves?
  • Are all hoist chains or ropes long enough to handle the full range of movement of the application while maintaining two full wraps around the drum at all times?
  • Are guards provided for nip points or contact points between hoist ropes and sheaves permanently located within 7 feet (2.1336 meters) of the floor, ground, or working platform?
  • Are employees prohibited from using chains or rope slings that are kinked or twisted and prohibited from using the hoist rope or chain wrapped around the load as a substitute for a sling?
  • Is the operator instructed to avoid carrying loads above people?
Source: Federal OSHA