The use of any hoist and trolley presents some risk of personal injury or property damage. That risk is greatly increased if proper instructions and warnings are not adhered to. Before using your hoist, you must become thoroughly familiar with all warnings and instructions and recommendations.
- Do not operate hoist unless you are fully trained, physically fit and authorised to do so.
- Your hoist may be fitted with various safety devices; load brakes, hook latch, limit switch, emergency stop, shock protection.
- Prior to using your hoist, please ensure you identify and become familiar with these devices if any.
- Hoists are not designed for, and should not be used for, lifting, supporting or transporting personnel. Never modify, re-rate or alter hoisting equipment.
- When touching metallic hand controls which are colder than 0 degrees, the skin could freeze within seconds and at temperatures above 43 degrees burning may occur. Please ensure suitable gloves are worn.
- Hoists that are in outdoor stationary positions must be protected against weathering and the maintenance intervals must be shortened.
- Depending on the individual air hoist, the hoist must be operated at a system pressure of 4 or 6 bar. If the system pressure is too low, important functions of the hoist will be impaired. If the pressure is too high, this will result in danger due to overloading.
- Air hoists must be operated with a sufficiently clean and dry air supply. Please read your manual for the correct requirements.
- Do not operate air hoists with other gases.
- Never stand under a raised load.
- Lifting must always be personally attended; never leave a raised load unattended.
- Over capacity load lifting is hazardous and should not be undertaken.
- Always inspect the hoist prior to use.
- Air hoists must not be used in the following applications; critical areas of nuclear plants, over acid baths or plants with corrosive substances, in areas where organic acids are present.
- Maintenance must be performed only by qualified personnel.
- Check daily; braking function, emergency stop device, lifting and lowering limits.
- Check monthly; check and lubricate chain.
- Check yearly; all bolted and pin connections, sprocket wheel and chain guides, load hook, compressed air connections, brake with load, motor, condition of chain box.