Hoists are used on many construction sites to vertically transport passengers and materials. They are most commonly powered by diesel engines/electric motors that rotate a drum around which a wire rope is wound. Hoists may also be hydraulically powered, and use chains as the lifting mechanism rather than wire rope.
All hoist landings and hoist bases where the winch is situated must be fitted with guards, usually sliding or lifting gates for access, should be well guarded to prevent injury.
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Passenger hoists are designed to lift passengers, but can also be used for materials as long as the weight is within the loading capacity of the hoist.
Hoist types can vary from a single cage with rope suspension to a twin cage on a rack and pinion mounted on two sides of a hoist tower.
They are usually controlled within the cage, and there must be additional safety devices to prevent over-run or free-fall, operator hoist training is essential in passenger safety.
Novice hoist training duration 2 is days’ basic training. If candidates require CPCS hoist training and testing, this duration is 3 days.
NPORS is accepted on some construction sites, however at present we would recommend A20 CPCS hoist training and testing. CPCS hoist training prepares the operator for both the theory and practical test.
Hoist training courses are designed mainly for operatives and supervisors who are assigned responsibility to operate/supervise building/construction hoists on site.
After successfully completing a CPCS hoist training course; candidates can complete a CPCS theory and practical test. All candidates will be trained and tested by one of our fully accredited, expert hoist training instructors.
We offer hoist training courses for candidates that require training before they take an assessment or CPCS test on a building/construction hoist. For novice CPCS hoist training courses; we recommend a minimum 3 day course. Semi-experienced training duration may vary dependent on past experience of the operator.
There is no substitute for thorough practical hoist training in all aspects of using a building/construction hoist.
Hoist training courses cover the following:
- Health and Safety At Work Act 1974
- (PUWER) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
- (LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
- Different types of hoists
- Basic construction
- The purpose and use of controls
- How to comply with manufacturer instructions in accordance with the operator’s
- Checking the hoist is serviceable and stable for safe operation prior to use
- Checking gates and safety devices are functioning as per operational specification
- Check that the hoist capacity will cater for expected loads or passenger numbers
- How to load and unload materials using correct manual handling techniques (dependent upon type)
- How to carry out all pre-use running checks
- How to carry out emergency lowering procedures according to machine type
- Preparing the hoist to accept various loads or number of passengers
- Travel the hoist to the limits of operation (full travel range) in a loaded and unloaded state
- Recognise and respond to given instructions
- Keep within safe working parameters
- Place the hoist in an out-of-service condition, isolate and secure the hoist
- Explain limitations of use when using the hoist
Our hoist training course provides the candidate with the skills and knowledge they require to successfully achieve the standards of the hoist theory and practical test.
By the end a hoist training course; candidates should be able to:
- Demonstrate a good understanding of the regulations that apply to the safe use of hoists
- Carry out a full pre-start/shift check on the hoist and record their findings
- Carry out a full operational check on the hoist and record their findings
- Operate the hoist in line with the manufacturer operators’ instructions/manual
- Load the hoist with passengers/goods as per manufacturer’s instructions
- Deliver passengers/goods safely and efficiently
- Stop the hoist at the correct levels
- Correct use of safety gates
- Carry out an emergency lowering task (if company policy allows)
- Keep within safe working parameters of the hoist
- Place the hoist in an out-of-service condition, isolate and secure
- Understand the limitations of use when using the hoist
- Report any problems or defects
At the end of the hoist training course, the candidate should be able to achieve the required standards of the CPCS theory and practical test.
If after completing the hoist training course the candidate achieves the required standards of the CPCS test, then a CPCS red card will be awarded.
A hoist training course covers the following legislation:
Health and Safety At Work Act 1974
(PUWER) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
(LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
Manual Handling Regulations 2002
Operators, supervisors and managers will have a good understanding of the regulations that apply to the safe operation and use of the type of hoist for which they are trained, hoist inspections, the need to keep a record of the checks carried out by the operator and how to operate the hoist as per the manufacturer recommendations.