L.A. Weaver Co. is proud to announce the publication of the attached white paper on The Hazards and Risk of Crane and Hoist Side Pulls: Addressing Alternative Material Handling Methods.
Despite the abundance of regulatory standards prohibiting side pulls, they continue to be a common cause of crane and hoist failure, accounting for about 220 injuries or fatalities each year (Ankerich, 2020).
OSHA has prohibited the practice of using cranes and hoists to pull or drag a load sideways since 1971; ANSI crane and hoist standards have had the same prohibitions since at least 1967 for overhead and gantry cranes and since 1968 for crawler, locomotive and truck cranes.
Side pull warning systems are available for some types of hoists and cranes.
This article examines these prohibited practices including under what circumstances they are permitted to be performed but also explores alternative materials handling methods such as the use of a portable gantry crane or an engine hoist to avoid the hazards associated with side pulls.