Safety and Occupational Hazards Related to Lifting Equipment

Lifting equipment, sometimes called power lifting equipment, is usually a collective term for all equipment that is used to lift weights. The equipment can either be free weights or barbells and dumbbells. There are various benefits of lifting equipment. First of all, the lifting of heavy weights improves your body strength as you are forced to work against your body weight. Secondly, lifting equipment can help you in burning fat because it forces you to use more energy than you normally use, thus increasing your metabolic rate.

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In order to understand the benefits of lifting equipment one must first of all gain knowledge of the various types of lifting equipment available. One of the most common equipment used in exercises is that of the pressurized air hydraulic crane. Another type is the electric hoist. Electric hoists are used for work on building decks, bridges, buildings, telecommunication masts and so on. Cables, chains, hoists and pneumatic devices are some of the mechanical parts that constitute the lifting equipment. All these equipment make work less demanding and more productive.

Safety standards of lifting equipment must be strictly followed. This is because the equipment plays an important role in many aspects of work related activities. You cannot overlook the potential dangers of accidents. For example, lifting equipment which is operated by electric motors has to be meticulously analyzed for safety purposes.

Safety analysis is very essential before the lifting of any load is carried out. You must identify the loads which are to be lifted. Identifying the load includes understanding the weight of each individual component, its length and its maximum load range. Each component must be properly marked so that it is easy to locate it when the load is being lifted. This will enable you to lift the loads only if required.

Proper training of the lifting equipment operator is another responsibility that falls on the shoulders of the safety training provider. It is better to involve an experienced operator during the operation. This will reduce the chances of any accident arising because the operator is unaware of potential hazards. The operator must be trained in identifying all the potential hazards on the job site and must be able to apply his knowledge and skills during operation.

There are certain conditions which may affect the operation of lifting equipment e.g. excessive wind, rain, dirt and debris, low visibility and lighting. The load and the nature of the job also affect the conditions under which the machine is operated. For instance, a load that is too long for the machine may need to be handled with extra care. Similarly, a load which is extremely heavy will strain the machine.

The lifting equipment operator should be able to lift the load safely and without causing any damage. If there is any damage caused to the equipment because of poor handling, it would be difficult to claim the cost of repair. Therefore, the operator must be aware of all the safety measures to be taken before, during and after the lifting process. The lifting equipment operator should inspect the load before starting the operation to check whether there are any damages. A pre-lift inspection is essential to avoid any problems in the future. Before lifting the load, the operator should ensure that there are no obstructions present such as power cables or other metallic fittings.

In some cases, heavy loads may require the use of a face lift or scissor lifts. Face lifts are used when there is no angle for the operator to control the load. Scissor lifts are used when the distance between the platform and the ladder is less than 45 degrees. Both these types of hazards are relatively rare and it is very unlikely that you would come across any of them in your day-to-day work. However, if you are not careful enough, you may meet one or more of these hazards during your career.