Are your hoists safe enough?
WorkSafe Victoria recently published crucial safety advice for companies using wand-assisted and portable hoists. The article emerged after one resident at an aged care facility suffered a fatal injury when falling from a portable ceiling hoist.
Reducing the Risks with Portable Ceiling Hoists
Business leaders in aged care and rehabilitation facilities are responsible for ensuring that the tools they use to transfer patients are safe. As an employer, it’s up to you to make sure that everyone, including patients, contractors, and employees aren’t exposed to unnecessary risks.
WorkSafe suggests taking some of the following steps to reduce the dangers associated with portable ceiling hoists:
- Provide the correct training and instruction to employees, so that they can properly connect, use, and check hoists.
- Ensure manufacturer instructions for maintenance, use, and cleaning of hoists are followed in the workplace.
- Ensure load ratings are identified, marked on the hoist, and adhered to at all times.
- Arrange the regular maintenance, inspection and testing of hoists in between use. Third-party service providers may be necessary for a thorough examination.
- Immediately remove any damaged, faulty or worn hoist components.
Crucially, WorkSafe also advises all companies using hoists to replace portable systems with permanently attached ceiling hoists when possible.
Upgrade Your Safety Strategy with Portable Hoists
For those who need the flexibility of portable hoists, there is a solution that eliminates the need for extension arms and “wand” connections entirely. The GH1 F is the only portable ceiling hoist that minimises danger, with an auto-fit lifting module.
The module intelligently and automatically fits and removes itself from an accompanying rail system. This means that carers can avoid stretching and lifting heavy loads when transferring residents. The Guldmann GH1 F lifting module can support up to 255kg, with no wand attachments or awkward removal processes necessary.
With the GH1 F, you can install rail systems in several rooms throughout your facility and use them alongside a handful of well-maintained lifting modules.
To find out more about how you can protect your residents with the GH1 F hoist, or a permanent ceiling hoist, reach out to HLS healthcare today.