One tip when making hoist repairs is to always be sure to lock out the power to the hoist. This can eliminate any potential electric shock to the repair person from someone attempting to operate the hoist. If possible, the needed hoist repairs should be made on the ground. This tip can prevent a fall from happening. Another tip when making hoist repairs is that the worker wear heavy leather gloves any time service to the cable is required.
Sharp strands of cable wire on the hoist can cause extensive damage to a hand or finger. By wearing a proper pair of protective gloves, it may be possible to prevent a serious injury from occurring. When making hoist repairs on a hanging hoist, it is imperative that the repair person wear very good safety glasses to protect his eyes from falling debris. Hearing protection should be worn by any service person attempting to service an air-operated hoist. The noise of the air-operated motor can cause damage to a person's hearing if his or her ears are not protected.
Another tip for making hoist repairs is that a hoist should never be removed from a trolley by a single worker. The average hoist is very heavy. Any attempt to lower the hoist from a trolley system by a single worker could result in a dropped hoist, fallen worker, or both. All hoist repairs are best done in pairs. This method of repairing a hoist provides a physical backup for any worker attempting to do the repair.
It is important to examine the cable during any hoist repairs. Signs of a pinched, frayed or damaged cable should lead to the replacement of the cable. It is wise to un-spool the hoist cable at maintenance intervals to inspect the cable for defects. Most hoist-related accidents come from a damaged cable. The hook attachment bolts should also be checked for damage and tightness. With a chain-equipped hoist, the chain should be inspected for cracked links and rust. Rust should be removed with a quality rust remover and any cracked links should be removed from the chain.
Any potential issue with the device should be clearly noted during any hoist repairs. This will provide a list of future repairs to be scheduled. It is also wise to examine the pawl for wear or damage during any hoist repairs. Proper lubrication of this component is essential for safe use of the hoist and it is a critical component to the operational ability of the hoist.