Lever and Hand Chain Hoist Maintenance

Not only is Omaha, Nebraska known for good steaks?

When traveling to Omaha I found some really good maintenance technicians at Omaha Power. The lever and hand chain hoist disassembly and reassembly was no challenge for this wide variety of men and women from different locations throughout Omaha.

Congratulations on recognizing all the different types of inspection and parts to inspect during the Periodic (Annual) Inspection required on a lever and hand chain hoist.

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Who are you using for social media posti

Who are you using for social media posting?
I currently use Hootsuite. Looking for a change. http://ow.ly/i/BLpZ0

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My shackle can handle it?

These are some pictures of a 13.5 ton shackle.

At what point do you think it is stretched? How long did it take to stretch this far? Did anyone get hurt during this use of the shackle? Will they do it again?

These are the questions I asked when receiving this shackle during an accident investigation. The answers are below.

Stretched too far, Not very long in time, noone was injured (near miss), without a doubt will do it again and have already been done again.

Training, Training, Training, but also management being involved in ensuring these methods of lifting do not continue.

Please help to be safer this year.

Start 2018 off safely and help get those numbers down this year.                                      5,190 fatalities are too many!!!

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Nonfatal injury and illness rate

US employees decreased slightly in 2016 as did the rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work.

2.9 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2016, compared to 3.0 in 2015.

Approximately 2.9 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses were reported in 2016.

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How many slings?

This is what I observed as I walk through a truck shop.

1-The question is how many slings can I fit in the hook?

2-How much hook can be used within the sling eyes?

3-Does this really look safe?

These are some of the questions I ask when providing training and inspections. It still amazes me that companies do not train the employees to know that this is so wrong. The reply I typically get from a supervisor or the person actually admitting to doing it, is         ” I have been doing this for 20 years and nothing bad has happened”.

Please do not allow this to happen at your facility and stop anyone who is doing this. If you do not get your training from us at CCTI, Inc. at least get your employees some training.

Start 2018 off safely and help get those numbers down this year.                                      5,190 fatalities are too many!!!

How many slings


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As this year 2017 approaches the celebrated Christmas and New Year time, Robin and I want to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Looking forward to many visits, laughs and most of all being around family and friends.

Please travel safely this Holiday Season.

Warm wishes

Joe and Robin Crews

Crews Crane Training International, Inc.                         www.cranetraininginternational.com                                                                       336.337.1043

Christmas card 2017 CCTI

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Work to me is a sacred thing. Margaret B

Work to me is a sacred thing.
Margaret Bourke-White,

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