How to safely use a BETA MAX hoist: proper operation and hoist safety
What is a BETA MAX hoist?
BETA MAX hoists are electric cable hoists used wherever scaffolding is present. These hoists are used primarily by the brick-and-mortar industry to move material vertically. They are simple to erect, extremely portable and highly versatile. Before installing and using one of these hoists, read our safety steps below!
This is an obvious step one, but BETA MAX hoist manuals are the most up-to-date resource for proper installation and use information! You can find the current BETA MAX spec sheets here: BETA MAX Product Page / Spec Sheets
2. Pre-op Inspection
Conduct a pre-operational inspection of your hoist before each shift. It needs to be done by someone trained in what to look for during inspection. Roughly 27 percent of accidents involved load drops, of which 59 percent were attributed to a rigging problem.
3. Limit Switch
Check the upper limit switch at the start of each shift. When working properly, this switch stops the load block before it can pile into and damage the hoist, causing the load to drop.
4. Power Disconnect Switch
Know the location of the power disconnect switch! In a crucial situation, this will allow the operator to walk quickly to the switch to cut the power and prevent an accident.
5. Stay Diligent
Never get complacent or lax in following operating and hoist safety procedures. Almost two-thirds of accidents, 74 percent, happen during routine operations!
6. Mind Where You’re Standing
The most important advice of all – never stand under a load. The chance that a load will fall might be one in 100,000 or one in 1 million, but that’s too much of a chance to take.
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