Equipment Maintenance, below-the-hook lifting equipment

At a vacuum lifting company, crane operators must be highly trained and experienced professionals in order to maintain an efficient and safe workflow. They are responsible for having the knowledge to properly prepare, coordinate and operate the vacuum lifting systems. But where exactly do their responsibilities begin and end? 

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Knowledge & Preparation

Operators at a vacuum lifting company must first go over all requirements with the vacuum lifting systems’ owner. They must also have in-depth knowledge of the specific worksite conditions that could negatively affect the lifting device. They must have a complete and actionable understanding of the lifting device’s operating manual as provided by the manufacturer. A full knowledge of the machinery’s limitations and strengths is also required. This knowledge must be applied to the specific application and work conditions where operations take place. 


Crane operators must also ensure the correct preparations have been made before operating the crane. First, they must complete an inspection of the lifting device. All mechanisms should be inspected for deformation, wear, cracks, corrosion, and loose screws/joints. They must also thoroughly inspect all motors, controls, supporting structures and auxiliary components for damage. Missing product safety labels should also be looked out for. If any issues are found, they must be reported and remedied properly before that equipment is put into use. 

Proper Operation

A vacuum lifting company needs to emphasize the importance of diligence and professionalism while operating lifting devices. No operator should use a device unless they are mentally and physically fit to do so. Sleepiness, intoxication, and any mental or physical impairment are just a few examples of disqualifying conditions for heavy machinery operation. All setup, rigging, and reeving of the lifting device should be carried out according to the manufacturer's instructions. The operator must ensure all ropes and chains are not kinked or twisted before lifting. The load must also be properly inspected for the proper weight distribution. The operator must make sure that all controls are off and all other workers are clear of the area before turning on the lifting device.  

Diligence is essential - anything that diverts attention from the task at hand must be strictly prohibited. Even a moment of distraction can cause fatal accidents. The operator must operate the equipment smoothly, without any erratic movement. Loads should be kept away from obstructions and should never accelerate or decelerate suddenly. The operator must also heed the chain of command, obeying the orders of designated persons only. That is unless it is a stop order. Any request to stop operations must be taken seriously in case of an emergency. 

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Expert Vacuum Lifting Company

Regardless of the type of lifting system your business needs, Permadur Industries is here to help. Our staff can work with you to determine the best solution for your particular needs and will help educate and train your staff on the differences in the application and use of our equipment correctly, effectively, and safely.  

Permadur’s team of engineers can design and install our systems based on the specific needs of your company’s unique application. This process ensures that the product you purchase is designed specifically for your needs and you understand all the characteristics of our lifting equipment before you ever “flip the switch” and that our equipment is properly integrated into your work environment.

We are a proud American manufacturer of below-the-hook lifting equipment. We offer vacuum lifting systems as well as lifting magnets in bipolar, tripolar, and five polar orientations enabling us to tailor the design of the magnet system to your specific lifting needs.  We are also here to support your needs year after year with maintenance after installation support. Contact us for more information.