OSHA Workplace Self-Inspection Checklist

Hoist Safety

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Date Inspected _____________ Date Completed _____________


Needs to be Addressed

Yes N/A

Is each overhead electric hoist equipped with a limit device to stop the hook travel at its highest and lowest point of safe travel?

Will each hoist automatically stop and hold any load up to 125% of its rated load if its actuating force is removed?      
Is the rated load of each hoist legibly marked and visible to the operator?      
Are stops provided at the safe limits of travel for trolley hoist?      
Are the controls of hoist plainly marked to indicate the direction of travel or motion?      
Is each cage-controlled hoist equipped with an effective warning device?        
Are close-fitting guards or other suitable devices installed on hoist to assure hoist ropes will be maintained in the sheave groves?      

Are all hoist chains or ropes of sufficient length to handle the full range of movement of the application while still maintaining two full wraps on the drum at all times?

Are nip points or contact points between hoist ropes and sheaves which are permanently located within 7 feet of the floor, ground or working platform, guarded?      
 Is it prohibited to use chains or rope slings that are kinked or twisted?      
Is it prohibited to use the hoist rope or chain wrapped around the load as a substitute, for a sling?
Is the operator instructed to avoid carrying loads over people?

This Hoist Safety checklist is NOT all-inclusive. You should add to it or skip parts that are not applicable to your company.  Carefully consider each item, and refer to OSHA workplace safety laws and regulations for complete and specific guidelines on hoist safety that may apply to your work environment.  This list is typical for general industry, not construction or maritime.  For affordable safety training on hoist safety click here.

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