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Safety checklist for vacuum lifter operators

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June is National Safety Month and Anver Corp., a manufacturer of vacuum handling products, offers the following suggestions to operators of vacuum lifters.

• Never attempt to operate a lifter until you read and understand the user’s guide. Below-the-hook lifting devices should only be operated by properly trained, designated personnel, familiar with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) B30.20-2013 Safety Standards.

• Always practice routine maintenance according to the recommended schedule for your lifter, and keep an inspection, testing, and maintenance log.

• Do not operate a malfunctioning lifter or one with an “Out of Order” tag.

• Do not use lifters for purposes other than designated ones.

• Make sure every load is free of dirt, debris, straps, etc. for an optimal vacuum pad grip.

• Make an initial attach and slight lift. Once confirmed, continue to pick and place the load.

• Ensure your load is balanced as it is lifted and that vacuum pads have an equal load.

• Handle the crane hoist in a steady, smooth manner and minimize abrupt movements.

• Never lift or transport loads over personnel. Make sure you and all persons are clear of the load while lifting and maneuvering it.

• Replace labels that do not clearly display instructions, cautionary information, or pictograms. Do not use a lifter when capacity, weight, or safety markings are missing.

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