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THE ALBERTA OH&S ACT, REGULATION AND CODE 2018, THE ASME B30.20-2018 STANDARD AND MANUFACTURERS OF SHEET LIFTERS ALL STATE THAT USERS OF SHEET LIFTERS MUST BE TRAINED IN THE SELECTION, INSPECTION, CAUTIONS TO PERSONNEL, EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTS AND RIGGING PRACTICES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SHEET LIFTER. FAILURES DUE TO MISSUSE HAVE RESULTED IN SERIOUS INJURIES AND DEATH. THIS SECTION WILL PROVIDE YOU INFORMATION ON THE SAFE USE OF SHEET LIFTERS.

Employer, Worker, User, Supervisor and Supplier Responsibilities

Users must be trained in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Sheet Lifters Read Details
Can you proved users are competent in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Sheet Lifters ? Read Details

If a user is not competent in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Sheet Lifters they must have direct supervision from a competent worker

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If not competent in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Sheet Lifters do users have direct supervision ?

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Do you have documented policies and procedures in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Sheet Lifters ?

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An employer must identify responsibilities for the user of a Sheet Lifter.

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The use of Sheet Lifters can create hazardous situations Read Details

Have Supervisors taken all precautions to protect the health and safety of every worker under the Supervisors supervision.

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Have Suppliers ensured the equipment supplied is in a safe operating condition, and that it complies with this Act, regulation and the OHS Code  

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Legislation, Standards and Specifications

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety. Act, Regulation and Code 2018

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers B30.20-2018, Below the Hook Lifting Devices, Chapter 20-1 Structural and Mechanical Lifting Devices.

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Manufacturer's specifications for the type and style of Sheet Lifter.

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Manufacturer's referenced standards

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Design Factors

What are the manufacturer's design factors for the Sheet Lifter you are using ?

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Markings

A Sheet Lifter must be marked with the manufacturer's name and contact information

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A Sheet Lifter must be marked with a serial number Read Details

A Sheet Lifter must be marked with its weight if over 100lbs (45kg)

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A Sheet Lifter must be marked with its cold current amps (when applicable) Read Details
A Sheet Lifter must be marked with its rated voltage (when applicable) Read Details
A Sheet Lifter must be marked with its rated load Read Details
A Sheet Lifter must be marked with its ASME BTH-1 Design Category Read Details
A Sheet Lifter must be marked with its ASME BTH-1 Service Class Read Details

A Sheet Lifter must have attached product safety labels according to ANZI Z535.4 - 2011

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Training

It is important that all Sheet Lifter users be knowledgeable about the safe and proper use, application of Sheet Lifters, be thoroughly familiar with the manufacturer's recommendations, and safety material provided with each product. In addition all Sheet Lifter users need to be aware of their responsibilities outlined in all applicable standards, regulations and policies

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Training records should be kept to show users were trained in the requirements for Sheet Lifters Read Details

Manufacturer's specifications for the Sheet Lifters must be available to users

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Where are your manufacturer's specifications for the Sheet Lifters kept ?

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How do you ensure users are familiar with the manufacturer's specifications?

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Have employers identified hazards associated with the use of Sheet Lifters ? Read Details
Have users identified the hazards associated with the use of Sheet Lifters ? Read Details

Inspection Requirements

There are 4 types of inspection that are required to be carried out on Sheet Lifters, these are Initial, Every Lift, Frequent and Periodic

All new and reinstalled Sheet Lifters shall be inspected by a designated person prior to initial use Read Details
All altered or repaired Sheet Lifters shall be inspected by a designated person Read Details

How often are every lift inspections completed ?

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What must be checked on an every lift inspection ? Read Details

How often are frequent inspections completed ?

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How often are periodic inspections completed ?

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What must be checked on a periodic inspection ? Read Details

All Sheet Lifters must have a documented periodic inspection completed by a qualified person

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All Sheet Lifters that have been idle for a period of one month or more must be given a frequent inspection

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How does your company identify a Sheet Lifter has had a periodic inspection ?

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Removal Criteria

A Sheet Lifter must be removed from service if any of the following criteria deems that the Sheet Lifter is not fit for use.

Damaged or inoperable controls Read Details
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Structural members that are deformed, cracked or have excessive wear

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Loose or missing guards, fasterners, bolts, covers, stops or nameplates Read Details
Misadjustment of functional operating mechanisms and automatic hold-and-release mechanisms that interfere with the Sheet Lifters operation Read Details
Cracked or worn gears, pulleys, sheaves, sprockets, bearings, chains and belts. Read Details
Excessive wear of friction pads, linkages, and other mechanical parts Read Details
Excessive wear at hoist hooking ponts and load support clevises or pins. Read Details

Selection, Limitations and Use

All Sheet Lifter users must be aware that their capacity may change depending on things such as type and size of material lifted, the sling angle, angle of lift and the environment it is used in.

Sheet Lifter shall only be operated by qualified personnel, which includes, designated persons, trainees under the supervision of designated persons, maintenance and test personnel, and inspectors. Read Details
Rated loads cannot be exceeded Read Details
Loads must be correctly distributed Read Details
Sheet Lifter shall not be used to handle any loads for which they are not designed Read Details

Sheet Lifters shall be applied to the load in accordance with their instruction manuals

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Before operating lifting ropes or chains must not be kinks or twisted around each other Read Details

Load temperature should not exceed the allowable maximum

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What is the minimum and maximum temperature the Sheet Lifter can be exposed to ? Read Details

Sheet Lifter swinging should be kept to a minimum

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Shock loading must be avoided Read Details
Mechanical damage must be avoided Read Details
Do not stand or pass under a suspended load Read Details

Do not ride on a Sheet Lifters

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Do not use the Sheet Lifter to side pull or slide a load Read Details

Suspended loads must not be left unattended

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Maintenance

A maintenance program must be established and be based on recommendations made by the Sheet Lifter manufacturer, a qualified person may also include additional recommendations based on their review of the Sheet Lifter application and operation.

Before adjustments are started all sources of power must be disconnected, locked out, and tagged "Out of Servce"

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Before repairs the Sheet Lifters must be tagged "Out of Servce"

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Only Qualified persons shall perform adjustments and tests Read Details
Only Qualified persons, or those under the direction of a qualifed person shall perform adjustments and repairs Read Details

Replacement parts must be at least equal to the original manufacturer's specifications

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Any hazardous condition disclosed during inspection must be corrected before normal operation of the Sheet Lifters is resumed Read Details
After adjustments and repairs the Sheet Lifters must not be returned to service until it has been inspected Read Details
Dated records of repairs and replacements should be made Read Details

Misconceptions

Misconception 1. If you have attended a training course you are a competent rigger.

Training is only one part of being competent to carry out your job, you must also be adequately qualified and have sufficient experience.

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Misconception 2. Sheet Lifters can be used for lifting flexible loads.

As the length or width of the load increases the load begins to deflect and bend and can slip out of the lifters jaws. Refer to manufacturer instructions for restrictions the sheet lifter may have.

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Misconception 3. The rating on sheet lifters are for each individual device.

Sheet lifters are commonly rated in pairs as this is the correct way to use them. Always consult the manufacturers specifications to insure proper ratings.

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Misconception 4. Sheet lifters can be attached at all horizontal angles.

The sling angle that the sheet lifters can be used at may vary depending on the style and manufacturer, always consult the manufacturer charts to insure proper application and angles.

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