Permanent lifting magnets are one of the safest means of moving heavy and bulky materials. Although using these systems for material handling is safe, it is not foolproof, meaning that care and caution must be taken at all times. Below, we want to highlight a few of the most crucial tips for staying safe while using plate lifting magnets and permanent lifting magnets.
It may sound obvious, but it is vital to mention that the person/people using the equipment should read and fully understand all safety instructions specific to that individual system. There are many overlapping operations and terms used between different permanent lifting magnets. Read safety instructions provided by the manufacturers in their manual. This is one of the most important things to do to reduce the potential danger associated with material handling. An informed employee is often a safe employee.
Strong magnetic fields can negatively affect employees or individuals with surgically implanted medical devices. Anyone with a pacemaker or an intracranial aneurysm should avoid close contact with systems while they are on.
Permanent lifting magnets are known never to drop a load (when used correctly), but even with this information, no one should ever stand below lifting devices that are carrying a load (heavy or not). Even though the likelihood of an accident happening is low, it’s not zero. Avoiding standing under lifted materials is an easy way to stay safe.
Other safety considerations include:
- Avoid keeping electronic devices, like smartphones, tablets, and laptops, near magnets while on because it can cause critical data loss.
- Do not lift oily surfaces.
- Make sure to mark/clearly designate areas where strong magnets are being used.