Overhead cranes and hoists are essential equipment in many industrial factories, providing elevated lifting and handling of heavy loads. However, they also pose serious safety risks to workers if not properly maintained and operated. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were over 80 fatalities and 140 serious injuries related to overhead cranes and hoists in the US in the past year alone. Many of these accidents could have been prevented through regular inspections and employee trainings. In this blog post, we will delve deeper into the importance of overhead crane and hoist safety and how American Industrial Repair can help ensure your workplace is safe and compliant.
The first step in preventing overhead crane and hoist accidents is egular inspections. OSHA requires yearly inspections for overhead cranes and hoists, with some equipment requiring more frequent inspections depending on the intensity of use. Inspections are crucial in identifying potential hazards such as worn out parts, faulty wiring, and signs of wear and tear. In fact, over 30% of accidents related to overhead cranes and hoists are caused by equipment failures, which could have been prevented with inspections. American Industrial Repair offers comprehensive inspection services that not only detect potential hazards but also provide suggestions for repairs and part replacements.
OVERHEAD CRANE & HOIST TRAINING
In addition to regular inspections, employee trainings are also crucial in preventing accidents. OSHA mandates that overhead crane and hoist operators are trained and certified before operating the equipment. However, it is not just operators who need training. Other employees who work near the equipment should also receive safety training, including proper signaling, load weight calculation, and emergency procedures. It is important that everyone in the workplace understands the risks and safety measures involved with overhead cranes and hoists. American Industrial Repair offers trainings that are OSHA compliant and tailored to each company's specific equipment and needs.
HITTING CLOSE TO HOME
The number of injuries and deaths caused by overhead cranes and hoists is staggering, and unfortunately, many of these accidents could have been avoided with proper inspections and trainings. Within a 150 mile radius of Cincinnati, OH, there were 5 fatal accidents related to overhead cranes and hoists in the past year alone. Of these accidents, 2 were caused by equipment failure, and 3 were caused by human error. All 5 accidents were deemed avoidable if proper inspections and training were implemented. As such, it is crucial that workplace managers prioritize regular inspections and training for their employees to ensure safety and compliance.
AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL REPAIR: YOUR OVERHEAD CRANE & HOIST SOLUTION
In conclusion, overhead crane and hoist safety is a critical factor in any industrial workplace. Failing to properly maintain and operate this equipment can result in serious injuries and fatalities. Regular inspections and employee trainings can significantly reduce the risks associated with overhead cranes and hoists. As a veteran founded and family-owned business with over 40 years of experience, American Industrial Repair offers 24/7 overhead crane and hoist services and training programs to ensure your workplace is safe and compliant. Don't wait until an accident happens; contact American Industrial Repair today to schedule an inspection and training for your workplace.