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Manlifts

Manlifts (Belt Manlifts)

Hazard Overview

Hazard Overview

What is a manlift (belt manlift)?

A manlift is a device consisting of a power-driven endless belt moving in one direction only, and provided with steps or platforms and handholds attached to it for the transportation of personnel from floor to floor.  Manlifts may still be in use in grain elevators and in some employee parking garages where space is limited.

What are the hazards associated with the use of manlifts?

Attempting to carry items onto a manlift can result in injury due to the item (e.g., freight, lunchbox, construction materials) being caught between the lift and the landing or being dropped and falling onto personnel below. In addition, one hand must be free to operate the pull stop rope in case of an emergency.

Solutions

Solutions

What can I do to protect myself?

Never attempt to carry items when using a manlift. Be sure there are no tools or other large objects protruding from the pockets of work clothes that could become dislodged and fall onto someone below. Keep hands onto handholds until the manlift has stopped at the landing.

What resources are available to assist employers?

  • The walking-working surfaces presentation is available for workplaces to assist in training their staff. The presentation should be modified to address site-specific conditions and hazards.

More information related to fall protection can be found on the fall protection A-Z topics page. The Which OSHA Standards Apply webpage can also help identify other standards that may be applicable to your worksite.

In addition, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC). The education, training and technical assistance bureau provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request. Lastly, the consultative services bureau provides free and confidential onsite consultation regarding worksite safety and health hazards.

 

Regulations

Regulations

Which standards apply?

Learn More

Learn More

Where can I learn more?

If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard or topic, you can submit your questions using the Ask OSH web form, by e-mail to ask.osh@labor.nc.gov or by calling 919-707-7876.