24 May In April the Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance & Prevention ( Berufsgenossenschaft VBG) published BGV-C1 (which started life as. Motorised chain hoists with an innovative and unusually flexible feature set, meeting the highest demands of safety in accordance with BGV C1, DIN and. Der vorliegende Text ist eine Übersetzung der deutschen BGV C1 in Englisch. Rechtlich verbindlich ist die deutsche Originalversion. This booklet is an English .

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To meet the A C1 chain hoist is defined as one that can be used to move and hold loads above people. It meets BGV-C1 but in cutting out the slack hoist, any overload on other hoists is increased. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is the American company that is most critical of BGV-C1 and it has had to make substantial modifications to its Lodestar in order to meet the German code.

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It is not enshrined in law – adopting BGV-C1 is entirely voluntary – but its adoption is generally required by insurance companies in Germany, and therefore it has effectively become an industry standard. In March this year it was finally concluded that it was not possible to produce a single document for both wire rope hoists and chain hoists because of differences of opinion over wording and over safety factors.

Contact us Privacy Cookie Policy. This is so that is two d1 more hoists are lifting in tandem, if one chain becomes slack, another hoist may become overloaded as it runs away with the load.


Black thinks the emphasis on brakes in general is misplaced.

For slack chain detection, a load cell is added to the hook and vgv hoist cuts out when a slack chain is detected. Theatre guides 24 May Talking about slack chain prevention, it is not necessary to include slack chain detection in any single hoist but essential if loads are guided in a frame or tower where they could jam or if many hoists carry the same load, especially in case of bad visibility.

It corrects one of the weaknesses of BGV-C1, putting emphasis on overload monitoring leading to automatic shutdown rather than slack chain underload detection. He is also on the ESTA committee producing standards for both chain hoist and wire rope hoists.

Stage hoist in action. He is also critical of the braking requirements, for example, because they do not say where the brakes should be or how strong they should be. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, it was the Germans that took the lead. This work has already been in the pipeline for seven years, he says.


De Boerderij up close. A D8 Plus chain hoist can hold loads over people, but not move them, with no secondary safety component to hold the load in case of hoist failure. I have seen a totally different approach in the US, based not on risk assessment but on product liability. It is much more specific than BGV-C1, Black says, adding that it is starting to become adopted in non-German speaking countries.


Instead, separate documents are being produced for each. There has to be a double brake. Black also questions the value of the time, money and effort that goes into meeting BGV-C1.

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A D8 chain hoist can be used to lift loads during set up, with the area underneath cleared of people.

It has increasingly become the standard to which entertainment industries in other countries bv. The Lodestar is the only major chain hoist brand used in the entertainment sector that uses a slipping clutch, so change is required here too to meet BGV-C1. The reason is that BGV-C1 has been worked out by a team of specialists out of many different branches and offices Berufsgenossenschaften, theatre people, TV and studio engineers, stage bggv and many more.

Black, however, has further criticisms. Reed Rigging hoist and truss.

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It may be different for each specific requirement. Brakes are not why you drop loads. Latest Features Features Archive.

But as worldwide market demand rose, Columbus McKinnon needed to offer it on a worldwide basis. There has to be a system to detect when the chain is slack.