What’s at risk?: Safety standards and lifting devices

Lifting Devices and Safety

One of KTM Solutions’ long-standing specialties is below-the-hook (BTH) lifting devices. As with any equipment, there are important safety standards that need to be met. OSHA 1910 and 1926 require employers to provide a safe work environment. To help ensure environmental safety in the workplace, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) provides industry-specific standards, recognized by OSHA. ASME B30.20 and BTH-1 lay out the requirements for BTH lifting devices. At the core of these standards is that the design must be supervised by a “qualified person.”

Who counts as a qualified person, and how can you make sure that your equipment meets these standards and provides a safe environment for your employees?

Paul Kumler, president of KTM, discusses this issue and offers his advice in this article for South Carolina Manufacturing.