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Building a Hoist Insurance Policy

It's always a good idea to have extra hoists on hand, particularly as backups for production-integral hoists. Both the maintenance and plant managers' worst nightmare is a production line hoist going down during peak operation without a replacement or viable means of repairing it readily available. Most plant's down-time is MUCH more expensive than the cost of a backup hoist. Keep a good inventory of all hoist equipment in your facility, and store backups with identical specifications for hoists your process is dependent on. Contact us, and we'll be happy to help build spec sheets for you.

Another good practice is to keep a small stock of recommended replacement parts for important hoists in your facility. Typical recommended replacement parts lists may include the following for your standard electric chain hoist:

  • Load chain
  • Load hooks
  • Safety latches
  • Brake discs
  • Contactors

Most hoist parts/users manuals will include a list of hoist-specific recommended spare parts -- take the CM Lodestar for example (recommended spare parts on pg. 138). Check out our Literature page for hoist brochures and manuals -- if you can't find what you're looking for here, contact us, and we'll be happy to track it down for you. As a last resort, if literature is not available for your hoist, call/email Hoist Experts, and we'll be happy to build custom hoist-specific recommended spare parts lists for you. Thanks, and we'll talk to you soon!

Hoist Inspections & Maintenance

Get your hoists inspected regularly -- OSHA requires that routine inspections be performed on all overhead cranes and hoists. OSHA 1910.179 includes the full description of what the schedule and depth of these inspections should look like, but here's a brief overview:

1) Frequent Inspections: to be performed once a month by a competent person (who may work for your company)

2) Periodic Inspections: to be performed annually by a certified crane and hoist inspector (who must not work for your company)

It's also a good idea to have replacement hoists on hand, or at the very least, a recommended replacement parts bin for important hoist in your facility. This way, if these hoists go down, they can quickly be replaced or repaired. Our next blog will outline good practices for replacement parts stocking. Be safe, and have a good one!