Refer to manufacturers operator manual hook latch if a hook latch is required check for proper operation limit switches check that the upper limit device stops the lifting motion of the hoist load block before striking any part of the hoist or crane unusual sounds check for any unusual sounds from the crane or hoist mechanism during . The occupational safety and health administration osha in cooperation with the crane hoist and monorail alliance has developed standards for inspection of manual chain hoists to comply with these standards employers must implement a pre shift inspection and documentation program and train employees on these programs. O hoists are designed to provide a 4 to 1 safety factor supporting structures and load attaching devices used in conjunction with this hoist must provide an adequate safety factor to handle the rated load plus the weight of the hoist and attached equipment this is the customers responsibility. The first step in finding any abnormalities in the equipment is a visual inspection which should be a part of a hoist owners daily operation during an inspection the following checkpoints for manually operated chain hoists are vital to ensuring proper operation read the hoist users manual for the specific requirements of your equipment. The chain hoist checklist is an 11 page document that will run you through a series of questions to help determine the proper hoist for your application
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