Safety for Lifting Devices

Provided by: ToolingU

Overhead cranes and hoists are used for lifting heavy loads. Other lifting devices include slings, portable lifting stands, gantry cranes, and derricks. Extra equipment is necessary to secure loads to lifting devices. This equipment must be inspected daily for excessive wear and damage. Understanding how to maintain and operate lifting devices will allow future operators and employers to work with lifting devices safely and effectively. After taking this class, students will be able to describe the proper steps necessary to safely lift and transport materials within the work environment.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of lifting device safety in the workplace
  • Identify lifting devices commonly used for material handling
  • Describe slings
  • Describe safe operating practices for slings
  • Describe hoists
  • Describe safe operating practices for hoists
  • Describe portable lifting stands
  • Distinguish between overhead and gantry cranes
  • Describe safe operating practices for overhead and gantry cranes
  • Describe derricks
  • Describe unsafe chains, cables, and motors
  • Describe the safety features of hooks and eyebolts
  • Describe the safety hazards of using clamps, magnets, and baskets
  • Describe inspections required by OSHA for lifting devices
  • Distinguish between operational and rated load tests
  • Describe the employer and employee roles in maintaining a safe workplace.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for all manufacturing personnel handling lifting devices & equipments and supervisors of the shopfloor.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Lifting Devices, Lifting Safety

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2.5 hrs



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