Using a hoist can be a safe task however if not regularly maintained it can prove dangerous and expensive to replace. This blog aims to outline how to maintain your hoist.
By evaluating the health and wear of crucial components before they fail, periodic service that is properly thought out will actively avoid failures. The annoyance and hazards of a failure are decreased by doing this and by changing components before they fail.
While routine inspections are vital, a full service performed in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications will check parts that are hidden inside the apparatus and are not usually visible are working effectively. This must be done in order to check for wear and tear on moving parts.
Equipment checks on a regular basis are the first step in preventative maintenance. You should do a pre-operational examination of the parts and capabilities of your hoist before utilising it. The hoists’ open frame design makes it simple to see and check each component. The webbing or wire rope line, the hooks, the ratchet teeth and pawls, and all other components should be examined visually.
Examining how the hoist works is also crucial. Your hoist should be able to easily draw the line in and let it out. By running the hoist normally in both the tensioning and backing off modes while providing tension to the line with one hand, you may test this operation. When the free-release trigger is pulled, the line should be released smoothly.
A qualified individual must do this methodical and thorough inspection of the machinery and safety-critical components at predetermined intervals and then provide a written report. The data needed by LOLER Schedule 1 must be included in this report, including:
- the examination date
- the date of any flaws discovered that pose (or may eventually pose) a risk to persons
- When major flaws are found, the duty holder must be orally informed right away by the competent person conducting the inspection.
- The written report should then come next, and a copy of it has to be given to the appropriate enforcement authority.
At Atlas Winch Hire & Hoist Services we have a team of engineers with experience completing services. We are equipped to service and offer repairs for all makes and models of winches and hoists depending on the one you own. Please call us on 01371 859 555 for further information.