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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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Did You Know?

In general Industry, any leading edge that is four feet or higher than the surface below must be protected from fall hazards?