Electric hoists should have nonconducting control cords, unless they are grounded. Control cords should have handles that have distinctly different contours so that, even without looking, the operator will know which handle is the hoisting control, and which is the lowering control. Each control cord should be clearly marked "hoist," or "lower." An arrow can be attached to each control cord, showing the direction a load will move when the rope is pulled. Also, it may be advisable to pass control cords through a spreader, in order to keep them from becoming tangled. Control cords should be inspected weekly for wear and other defects.
On electric hoists that are pendant controlled, means for effecting an automatic return to the "off" position should be provided on the control, so that a constant pull on the control rope, or push on the control button, must be maintained in order to raise or lower the load. Push-button control circuits must be limited to 120 volts. A limit stop should be installed on the hoist motion, and at least two turns of rope should remain on the drum when the load block is on the floor.