‘National Safety Month’ is the Ideal Time to Review Safety Procedures for Operating Industrial Lifters and Lifting Equipment

Is your workplace safe? More specifically, since we specialize in providing quality engineered below-the-hook lifting devices for all industries at Hunter Lift, we need to ask this question: Are you properly considering and following safety measures before lifting? As we reported in a blog post earlier this year, a lot of workplace injuries are the result of improper lifting, and these injuries can be prevented.

Everyone should be concerned about safety at all times. But, since June is “National Safety Month,” now is a good time to remind ourselves, and our employees, about proper lifting practices and workplace safety, in general. According to the National Safety Council, National Safety Month is observed annually to focus on “reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities.” This year’s theme is “Safe for Life,” and the Council urges everyone, including manufacturers and industrial companies, to raise awareness about workplace safety.

Safety+Health, the National Safety Council’s magazine, advises companies to equip their employees with the tools and information they need to stay “#Safe4Life” – including staying safe at work. Just last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics finalized its data on workplace safety and worker fatalities for 2014 and the numbers were sobering: The number of workplace injuries has been rising, and the workplace fatality rate in the U.S. increased for the first time since 2010. Let’s all try to reduce these numbers by refocusing on safety at work!

At Hunter Lift, we recognize the importance of putting safety first, and we encourage everyone involved in industrial manufacturing and material handling to do the same. Here is some general safety information for operating lifters and lifting equipment:

  • Make sure the lifting equipment is operated properly and being maintained on a regular basis.
  • Lifting equipment should be used only by trained operators.
  • Lifting equipment operators should stay focused on the job and avoid being distracted.
  • Before the lifting begins, and at the beginning of each shift, test operation of the moving lifter parts and controls.
  • Never overload the crane or hoist or lifter! Make sure the combined weight of the lifter and load does not exceed the rated load capacity of the crane or hoist.
  • Ensure that the load is balanced and stable by making a preliminary lift of a few inches.
  • Before lifting, make sure the hoist rope or chain is free from twists, knots and kinks.
  • Do not pick up hot loads unless the lifter is specifically designed for high-temperature service.
  • Refuse to make a lift if you are unsure about any safety issues, and do not proceed until safety is assured.
  • Train employees on safe loading, unloading, material handling and lift operating procedures.
  • Ensure routine maintenance and preventative maintenance of lifters are completed prior to operation.
  • Overall, keep safety top-of-mind for all your employees, all the time!

If you have any questions about lifting equipment operation and safety, or lifting device maintenance and inspection, please contact us at Hunter Lift by calling 800-231-6501.