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5 Types Of Construction Hoists

Construction hoists, also known as buck hoists, platforms, construction elevators, man-lifts, or personnel hoists, are typically used during engineering works to carry workers and equipment vertically between floors. Construction hoists vary in load capacity, size, and function.

The hoist chosen must meet project needs in terms of capacity, building height, sustaining specific loads, weight limits, and weather conditions. This is critical for the safety of the workers.

Hoists today have rack and pinion systems and are powered by pressurized air, electric, and gas systems.

With that being said, here are 5 types of construction hoists that are most commonly used in the building and construction industry.

Material Hoists

Designed specifically to move materials up and down structures. Smaller hoists are used in small spaces to transport a lighter load, while larger hoists are used in large spaces to transport up to thousands of pounds of material. Material hoists must not be used to transport workers as they will not be able to withstand the additional load, having only been designed to sustain the weight of materials.

Safety measures:

● Do not exceed the safe load limit of the hoist

● Chains and wire ropes must be lubricated

● The hook support must be directly in line with the hook shank

● Hoist from directly over the load

Traction Hoists

A type of hoisting machine designed to carry a suspended load using frictional forces between the hoisting drum and the suspension wire rope. Traction hoists work with suspended scaffolding to lower and raise it. Traction hoists have various sizes, different load capacities, and are easily portable.


Man-lifts are more sophisticated than typical construction site hoists. They have specific functions and can transport both workers and equipment effectively. A man-lift consists of a tower, car, cage, and is run by a rack and pinion design. Hence, man-lifts are ideal for maintenance work and lower traffic zones.

Special Purpose Industrial Elevators

Industrial elevators transport personnel and tools effectively to critically elevated areas in construction sites, enhancing efficiency and safety. Specific functions can be incorporated into industrial elevators such as emergency lowering mechanisms, alarm systems, and overload warning systems.

Safety measures:

● Chemical environment: Materials chosen for industrial elevators must be able to withstand harsh chemical environments which are common in construction settings

● Hazardous substances: Industrial elevators must be designed to be able to thwart the effects of potentially hazardous chemicals present on sites

Transport Platforms

Transport platforms are used to transport materials and personnel effectively on construction sites. Both workers and equipment can be transported simultaneously, without the need for separate elevator devices.

Transport platforms leave a significantly smaller carbon footprint, making them more environmentally friendly. They are easy to install, do not require cranes, and are cheaper than basic construction hoists.

Construction Hoists Services

While considering the type of construction hoist for your business, it is important to factor in the costs and suitability of the hoists for the project.

At Starr Industries, we offer a wide range of scaffolding services, including hoists, stair towers, and roof protection. Our team is experienced, with a strong emphasis on safety, originality, and service.

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