Store and handle lever hoists correctly.
Inspect lever hoists and accessories before use and before placing into
Ensure any support fits freely into the seat of the hook and does not
exert a side thrust on the point.
Check the operation of the brake.
Check that the bottom hook will reach its lowest point without running
the chain against the stop.
Adopt safe slinging practices and follow the instructions for the safe
use of the equipment used.
Expose lever hoists to chemicals, particularly acids, without
consulting the supplier.
Replace the load chain with a longer one without consulting the
Extend the lever or use undue effort to force the lever hoist to
Throw, drop or drag a lever hoist.
Allow oil or grease to come into contact with the brake.
Expose a lever hoist directly to the elements, water spray, steam etc
without consulting the supplier.
Selecting the Correct Lever Hoist
Lever hoists are available in a range of capacities with either link
chain or roller chain. Select the lever hoist to be used and
plan the lift taking the following into account:
Type of chain - link or roller.
Capacity and range of lift.
Lever hoists are designed for use at any attitude and may be used both
for lifting and pulling applications.
Consult the supplier if the lever hoist is to be used in areas of high
risk, exposed to the elements, water, steam etc, with
hazardous substances, eg acids or chemicals, or subjected to extremes of
Storing and Handling Lever Hoists
Never return damaged lever hoists to storage. They should be dry, clean
and protected from corrosion.
Store lever hoists hung from the suspension hook with the chains raised
clear of the ground.
Lever hoists should not be dropped, thrown or dragged across the floor.
Never galvanise or subject the chain, or other load bearing parts, to
any other plating process without the express approval
of the supplier.
Installing and Commissioning
Follow any specific installation instructions issued by the supplier and
the general requirements given overleaf. Try the
lever hoist to ensure that it operates correctly and that the brake is
effective. Ensure the chain is not twisted, it must move freely.
The bottom hook must reach the lowest required position without the
chain running out to the end stop.
Using Lever Hoists Safely
Do not attempt lifting operations unless you understand the use of
the equipment and the slinging procedures.
Do not use defective lever hoists or accessories.
Check the slinging arrangement ensuring that the lever hoist is safely
rigged and that chains are not twisted. Do not use the
load chain as a sling.
Check the load is free to move before commencing and that the landing
area has been prepared.
Raise the load just clear, then halt the lift to check the integrity of
the lever hoist, slinging method etc.
Do not extend the operating lever,eg with a tube, to force the hoist to
Do not allow loads to swing out of control.
Keep fingers, toes etc clear when lowering loads.
In-service Inspection and Maintenance
Follow any specific maintenance instructions issued by the supplier but
in particular keep load chains lubricated and free of
debris. Check the operation of the brake. Brakes must be kept free of
oil, grease etc. Never replace the load chain with a
longer one without consulting the supplier. Regularly inspect the lever
hoist and, in the event of the following defects, refer the hoist to a
Competent Person for thorough examination: wear; damage to hooks and
fittings; damage or distortion to slack end stop; chains worn, bent,
notched, stretched, cracked, corroded, do not hang freely, twisted or
jump; load slips or will not lift; damaged hoist casing; bent or cracked
operating lever; illegible markings.