How To Use An Electric Winch Safely
An electric winch is a very useful piece of equipment, but there are some essential things to keep in mind to ensure you’re using them safely. Because these electrical hoists lift such heavy loads, it is so important that they are used correctly and that everyone on site knows what they are doing.
Here are a few useful tips to keep in mind for those new to using an electric hoist winch and some for experienced winch users too. Read on to find out how you can make your workplace, that bit safer for everyone.
Every winch and every manufacturer is different, so you need to make sure that your electrical winch is installed correctly. Whenever you purchase a new one or erect one in a new location, follow the manufacturer's instructions to make sure it is done correctly. Although this might be obvious, it ensures that the equipment will be used correctly and function at its optimum when it’s used.
Check it Before Use
It is so easy to start work and not check your equipment first, but this can save you a lot of hassle in the long run. A quick check to see that everything is intact, that the controls, cables, the electric winch motor and ropes are all in working order ensures yours and your worker’s safety. Defective winches can cause all sorts of harm, so doing checks before use is a good habit to get into.
Inspecting the Rope Is Essential
One giveaway that something isn’t right is that the rope is twisted around or trapped. Because this is what a winch relies heavily upon to work, if a rope in a wire rope winch isn’t functioning properly, it certainly is a warning sign that something isn’t right.
Train Your Workforce
Winches might seem like straightforward gear, but they can only be used by trained operatives. Because a certain level of safety information needs to be understood before they are used, train your workers or yourself before undertaking any DIY projects. This ensures that everyone’s knowledge is up to scratch before they use this sort of gear.
Test the Brakes
Winches can often move an impressive amount of mass and while this is very useful, if the brake isn’t working then it can be a huge problem too. Because electric winches are often used to move heavier objects it’s especially important that the brake works. This can easily be done before each working day or session, just move the object a small amount to check it’s functioning, before using it fully.
Keep Your Hands and Feet Safe
Accidents can easily occur when you aren’t aware of your surroundings and this goes for winches too. While they might seem like a straightforward piece of kit, make sure your limbs aren’t underneath the objects that are being lifted and won’t get caught in the equipment. This is good practice and a habit you should get into.
Make Sure the Brake Is Clean
When checking the equipment beforehand, make sure that the winch is clean. It can be so easy for them to get dirty and for dirt to get on the brake, especially in construction sites and in warehouses. If water, dirt or oil comes into contact with the brake though it can be deadly even if it is the best winch you have, so make sure it looks clean before use.
Get Your Winches Serviced and Inspected
Once you’ve got all your equipment, you still need to upkeep them to ensure they function safely into the future. Getting your equipment inspected and serviced ensure that they will carry on functioning well and that everyone who uses them continues to remain safe.
If you want to find out more safety information about an electric winch, you can contact us to speak to our specialists. To read more on lifting gear and similar equipment, find out more on our blog today.