Featuring the Little Mule 344C Lineman's Strap Hoist
Power and Utilities | Hoisting & Lifting Equipment | Inspection & Maintenance | by Henry Brozyna | 08 Jun 2020
Columbus McKinnon would like to thank the utility crews working tirelessly through this pandemic to keep vital services running. Thank you for what you do now and always, to keep the power on and the world connected.
When it comes to lever hoists, utility professionals rely on a variety of different hoists to get the job done. One of the most popular hoists for utility applications is the lever strap hoist. When using a lever strap hoist, it’s important to inspect it regularly to prevent accidents or product failures. These inspections are broken down into frequent and periodic inspections.
Frequent inspections are what we refer to as pre-operational inspections. In addition to these inspections, visual observations should be conducted during regular service of these hoists to check for any damage. Any deficiencies should be carefully examined and a determination made as to whether they constitute a hazard.
The web strap should be visually inspected at the beginning of each shift to identify any major damage that could cause an immediate hazard, such as melting or charring, weld splatter, broken stitching, damaged eyes, etc.
Periodic inspections are thorough, detailed inspections that may require complete disassembly of the hoist.
Columbus McKinnon's trainers have put together an easy-to-follow checklist for inspecting your lever strap hoist.
Henry Brozyna is an Industry Product Trainer at Columbus McKinnon specializing in Crane and Hoist Inspection and Repair, Rigging & Load Securement He has been training on crane and rigging safety for more than 20 years. Henry is a member of the Tie Down committee and former Board of Directors for the WSTDA; this group writes the standards that are used by the material handling industry, the transportation industry, and also law enforcement. Henry is also a current member of the Crane Institute’s board of directors.
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