OSHA Handbook for Small Businesses

Hoist and Auxillary Equipment

Hoist and Auxillary Equipment

  • Is each overhead electric hoist equipped with a limit device to stop the hook travel 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 hoist?
  • Are the controls of hoist 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 hoist to assure hoist ropes will be maintained in the sheave groves?
  • Are all hoist chains or ropes of sufficient length to handle the full range of movement of the application while still maintaining two full wraps on the drum at all times?
  • Are nip points or contact points between hoist ropes and sheaves which are permanently located within 7 feet (2.1336 meters) of the floor, ground or working platform, guarded?
  • Is it prohibited to use chains or rope slings that are kinked or twisted?
  • Is it prohibited to use the hoist rope or chain wrapped around the load as a substitute, for a sling?
  • Is the operator instructed to avoid carrying loads over people?