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Revealed: Ten health and safety requirements for builder's hoists

by , 10 September 2013
Just like circular saws, builder's hoists are considered driven machinery under the driven machinery regulations. If your employees use builder's hoists, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you comply with the following safety requirements...

The OHSA requires you to provide and maintain systems of work, plant and machinery that are safe and without health risks to you or your employees. This includes work done with builder's hoists.

To comply, make sure your employees stick to these ten health and safety requirements.

Ten health and safety requirements your employees must comply with when using builder's hoists

Requirement #1: When you use a builder's hoist, make sure the hoist and tower are made of sound material, says the Health&Safety Advisor.

They must be strong enough and mustn't have any patent defects. The hoist must also be manufactured to the accepted technical standards.

Requirement #2: Properly secure the tower to the structure or brace it by steel wire guy ropes. It must extend to a distance above the highest landing such as to allow a clear and unobstructed space of at least 900mm for over travel.

Requirement #3: Enclose the tower on all sides at the bottom, and at all floors where people may be struck by the moving parts of the hoist, except on the side or sides giving access. It must have walls or some other effective means to a height of at least 2 100mm from the ground or floor level.

Requirement #4: Your tower must have a door or gate at least 1 800mm high at each landing. You employees must keep the door or gate closed (to protect the operator) except when the machine is stationary at a landing.

Requirement #5: Carry the conveyance of the builder's hoist by a steel-wire rope. The breaking strength must be at least six times the maximum mass load it's designed to carry.

Requirement #6: Your builder's hoist must have an efficient brake capable of holding the hoist with its maximum load in any position when power isn't supplied to the hoisting machinery.

Requirement #7: You need to arrange clear signals for the operation of the hoist to be given from each landing where the builder's hoist is used. There are usually standard signals, but it's up to the operators and the landing workers to define the signals they'll use.

Requirement #8: Don't allow trucks, barrows or material to be moved on or in the builder's hoist. It's important you properly train employees using the hoist about this.

Requirement #9: Never allow people to ride on your builder's hoist. The machine isn't designed for passengers. Train all your operators about this to prevent injuries.

Requirement #10: A member of staff experienced in the erection and maintenance of builder's hoists or similar machinery, must inspect the builder's hoist at least once every week.

Health&Safety Advisor says that this inspector must decide the serviceability of the entire builder's hoist including guides, ropes and their connections, drums, sheaves or pulleys and all safety devices. The inspector must record the results of the inspection in a record book and sign it off.

Remember to keep your record book on your premises, just in case the Department of Labour comes knocking at your door.

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