This toolbox talk will cover all aspects of material hoist and all the requirements that should be implemented when being used on site. Definition: material hoist meansĀ a hoist, that is used to raise or lower materials during construction, alteration, or demolition of a building or structure. Material hoists enhances productivity and efficiency on construction sites as it moves material in a faster manner. However there are some requirements that need to be in place to ensure the safety of employees.


  • The tower of every material hoist must be erected on a firm foundation and secured to the structure or braced by steel wire guy ropes.
  • Must be enclosed on all sides at the bottom and at all floors where a person is at risk of being stuck by moving parts of the hoist. Except on the side where access is to the material hoist, with walls or other effective means of a height of at least 2100mm
  • Door or gate at least 2100mm in height at each landing, and that door must be kept closed except when the platform is at rest at such landing.
  • The maximum mass load which may be carried at any one time and the prohibition of person from riding on the platform of the material hoist.
  • Only a competent person is permitted to use and operate the material hoist.
  • No truck, barrows or material to be conveyed on the platform of the material hoist may be permitted.
  • Records must be kept on site of maintenance of the material hoist.

Some risk of using material hoist:

  • Improper assembly of the hoist sections.
  • Improper raising and lowering of the hoist.
  • Exceeding weight restrictions.
  • Lack of operator training.
  • Lack of hoist cable inspections or replacement.
  • Worn equipment components.

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