6. Legs or Frame Bending (structural damage)
Another reason we are called out for mobile hoist breakdowns is damage to the legs or frame of the mobile hoist. There are several causes of this, which, unfortunately, usually occur through incorrect use.
Frame damage can occur if the mobile hoist is slammed against skirting boards, door frames or furniture, such as when trying to put them under profiling beds. They are moved around the building often and aren’t always easy to move if you have carpets or uneven floors.
Another cause of leg or frame bending can occur during the transfer of a service user. When staff lift service users from the floor, they can accidentally get the sling caught around one of the legs. If they don’t realise and start the lifting motion, this can put strain and tension on the leg and boom of the mobile hoist, causing them to bend or break.
Overloading the equipment past the safe working load, can also cause damage to the frame of the mobile hoist.
Reduce Leg and Frame Related Callouts for Mobile Hoists:
Providing your staff with regular training, on the correct use of the specific equipment, will help to reduce callouts associated with this issue.
Ensure you remind them of the checks they should complete on mobile hoists before every use. This includes checking the safe working load of the equipment, to ensure it isn’t overloaded.
Reminding your staff to take care of your equipment, or having the correct number of mobile hoists for your service users, could help reduce issues associated with moving the equipment around your care facility.