Before using lifting magnets, it’s important that workers have read and understood all instructions so they know exactly what they’re dealing with– these are not toys.
Materials vary in their composition and thickness. Make sure the magnet you want to use can properly handle the item being lifted. Ask yourself, “Does this magnet have the lifting capacity needed to pick up the thing that needs moving?”
People need to know a strong magnet is in use, so look for their warning labels and allow them to be clearly visible to passersby. It’s also a smart idea to put up “strong magnet in use” warning signs near the area where you’re working, so individuals in the vicinity know it’s there. People with pacemakers should steer clear of lifting magnets, which may interfere with their operation.
With lifting magnets’ incredible strength, you have to be careful where you put them at all times. If they get too close to certain items, like steel tables, pipes or carts, watch out!
Never stand directly below an item being moved by a lifting magnet because you never know– for some reason the item could drop at a moment’s notice, injuring or killing a person. Better to be extra cautious than to be dead, you know?
Lifting magnets are ideal for lifting steel objects with flat, clean surfaces. You want the magnet to make solid contact with the item, instead of partial contact due to rust, dirt, snow, or oil.
Inspect magnets before using them each and every time. Check to make sure the magnet hasn’t been dropped and damaged or exposed to extreme heat (200 degrees+) or a high electric field.
And one more tip: magnets and computers/cell phones don’t mix. Magnets can erase data stored on any device with magnetic storage, so keep computers and phones away from heavy duty magnets.