Application Challenge: Can you solve this customer’s problem?

Application Challenge: Can you solve this customer’s problem?


A customer has a below the hook device for lifting a specific part that weighs 100 lbs. The tag has fallen off and you are requested do a load test, re-attach a tag and return it to him. The lifter was made “in-house” and does not meet the BTH-1 Standards. There is documentation from previous inspections and it appears that the device has been in service for 6-7 years. Is load testing the device and marking the lifter with a WLL and serial number for traceability to the load test certification acceptable?

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Gisela Clark

Gisela Clark is an eMarketing Specialist for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.

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3 Replies to “Application Challenge: Can you solve this customer’s problem?”

  1. No.
    Problem 1: No engineering documentation. Always my first steps are who, what, when

    Problem 2: No current serial number, how can you tell if the tag that has fallen off is the same tag that was on it.

    Problem 3: It dose not meet standard, Now I will be forced to admit that I really don’t have this standard committed to memory as well as I should. But OSHA makes the following statement; “With regard to whether OSHA recognizes ANSI/ASME B30.20 specifications as the reference point for determining inspections for Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices, please be advised that the answer is yes. OSHA refers to the subject consensus standard for inspection provisions for Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices.” ( and “BTH-1 provides minimum structural and mechanical design and electrical component selection criteria for ASME B30.20 below-the-hook lifting devices.” (—standards/design-of-below-the-hook-lifting-devices)

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