We all want safe environments for our workers and associates, but making a study of lifting products, their warnings and application instructions and their inspection methods, can be a time consuming effort.
A costly effort, with little measurable results. On the other hand, failure to implement an efficient, comprehensive lifting safety program can result in tremendous costs, both human and financial.
This article is designed to offer a logical approach for getting lifting under control, making it transparent and manageable.
An unfortunate misconception in the industry is that a sling or hoist purchase is an isolated event, unrelated to any further effort or investment. The truth is that the initial purchase can be the economic “tip of the iceberg.”
For example, let’s say that you purchase a web or chain sling. Cost: $10-$100. Probably not a significant investment. Scarcely worth your time to think about it, except for one thing: You now have the implied responsibility to provide training to the users, to inspect the sling and maintain records of the inspection and finally to provide adequate supervision in the proper use of the sling.
- Cost of Sling?
- Cost of Training?
- Cost of Inspection?
- Cost of Supervision?
Where is the true investment? In the sling, or in the responsibility?
At WiscoLift our commitment is to provide a System Solution in three easy and manageable steps.
Step 1. Get a qualified report on the condition of your lifting equipment.
Provide a manageable inspection system. Companies have long struggled with the requirements of conducting and recording inspections. WiscoLift can provide you with a complete inspection program for all of your overhead lifting equipment. This report is based on a survey of your equipment conducted by our factory trained and certified inspectors. The inspection is conducted in accordance with OSHA/ASME guidelines.
The report describes the condition of each piece of lifting equipment inspected. Any equipment recommended for repair or replacement will be identified for disposition.
The smallest of J-hooks to 75-ton chain slings. If you have just a few items or several thousand we can keep it all organized. Plate clamps, magnets, wire rope, chain slings, hardware, lift beams, and vacuum lifts. We also inspect all types and sizes of cranes and hoists. The inspectors record all items by serial number, type of equipment, model number, and a complete description with location in your facility. Pictures of the equipment can be part of the report with pictures of noted problems. Our database also has a feature that enables immediate reporting after the inspection. For a demonstration on how we can work this into your safe lifting program call us at 800-242-3477.
Step 2. Provide training on the proper use of lifting equipment.
The major benefit of this interactive training is improved awareness of risk management and lifting safety. The minor benefit is longer equipment service life, obtained through proper usage. This presentation is coupled with years of experience on the part of our trainers. The goal is shop floor knowledge of the proper use of equipment and the inspection techniques required.
ASME B30.9 states:
“Sling users shall be trained in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of the environment and rigging practices.”
Step 3. Assist in risk management supervision and maintenance.
Our technicians can assist in maintaining electrical and mechanical needs of your lifting equipment. All our technicians carry company cell phones and are always available. Several of our sales territory managers have extensive experience in overhead lifting and the products.
We are only one phone call away to help with your process and product decisions.
Article written by Joe Padour, District Sales Manager at WiscoLift, Inc.
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