CONSTRUCTION HOISTS FOR MATERIALS AND PERSONNEL
NOTE: Paragraphs identified with a vertical line in the left margin are inspections that should
be made by certified Vertical Transportation Equipment Inspectors only.
The term CONSTRUCTION HOIST applies to temporary devices that are used to raise or
lower materials and/or personnel during construction, alteration or demolition. It does not relate
to permanent devices that are being temporally used to move materials or personnel. Figure 9-1
shows a typical hoist. This chapter will provide generalized inspection procedures to follow.
The inspector will have to formulate his own specific procedures for each individual device
based on the specific design of the device, manufacturer's recommendations, actual application
and the general considerations included in this chapter. The inspection of the hoist is to be not
only an inspection to determine the safety condition but to determine if the device is being
properly maintained and to identify areas that need improvement. Proper maintenance is needed
to keep this type of hoist operating. These devices are subjected to extreme operating conditions,
and when preventive maintenance is lacking, shut downs will occur. In this chapter we will
identify specific published safety standards which relate directly to the inspection procedure
being followed in this text. It is intended that each noted standard should be reviewed as it is
identified. Safety, as well as performance considerations of the inspection, will be addressed in
the following text.
The purpose of this inspection is to review both the personnel hoist and material hoist
installation to ascertain that the equipment is being properly maintained and is in a safe operating
status. Because the operation and use of the hoist are by nature very dangerous, the inspection
should be directed towards those areas such as safety devices, limit switches, guards, loading,
transfer, discharge points and surfaces and other component parts and safety guards that directly
relate to the safe operation by the user personnel.