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Hoisting Safety Hoisting is used to lift and lower loads using a drum or wheel with ropes or chains wrapped around it. Hoists can be powered manually, electrically, or pneumatically. Hoists effectively move heavy and/or awkward equipment, but they require training and safe work procedures. To operate a hoist, you must be properly trained. Know the rated capacity of your hoist; it should be clearly labeled on the equipment. Read the manufacturer’s operating instructions and warnings. Get training in how to use the hoist machine and how to properly rig and safely maneuver loads. Perform regular maintenance on the hoist and lifting...

Give Jacks, Lifts, and Hoists the High Safety Priority They Deserve Each year serious injuries and deaths occur in the workplace as a result of unsafe jack, stands, lifts, and hoist use.  Although safety responsibility for these devices must be shared between employer and employee, the ultimate responsibility for safety lies with the individual worker.  Even where there is close supervision, the worker makes the final decision on how to do the job. Jacks Workers must select a jack with the rated lifting capacity that equals or exceeds the load it will support.  Jacks must be placed on a firm, level surface...