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Lockout / Tagout (LOTO) as a Component of Repair and Maintenance of Overhead Crane Systems

Lockout / Tagout Procedures Keep Crane Service Inspectors Safe

Permanent overhead cranes can provide incredible efficiencies in manufacturing or industrial applications. An overhead crane consists of parallel runways with a traveling bridge spanning the gap. The lifting component of a crane (known as the hoist) travels along the bridge. These permanently installed devices may be used multiple times daily in a plant. Periodically though, maintenance or repair of the crane rail, bridge or runway will be required.

Working near ceiling height on an overhead crane system has its challenges, including fall protection for the workers. Worrying that the crane may be started and suddenly move while being maintained is something no one should have on their minds when working from that height. Furthermore, simply contacting the electrical energy source when working can be dangerous or deadly to a worker who touches a “hot” rail.

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Creating and Maintaining Safe Facilities

An article in the most recent OHS magazine highlighted creating and maintaining safe facilities. This article states the obvious when saying that a safe work environment is one of the most important aspects of any industrial organization. However, the article also further explains some helpful tips on trips on how to start and maintain a solid safety program for organizations. Here we will run through some of the most important tasks to focus on when starting a safety plan for your facility…

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Did You Know?

Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths?