Rigging Inspection & Maintenance

Improper use or care of shackles can result in serious accidents that not only injure employees but damage property as well. To avoid this, shackle inspection is critical. In accordance with ASME B30.26, shackles should be visually inspected before every use. If any of these six conditions are apparent during shackle inspection, the shackle should be […]

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Shackles are used every day in a variety of rigging and load securement applications. Before you use a shackle, there are nine important rules to keep in mind. Rule 1: When making a sling, attach multiple sling legs to the bow, not the pin. Attaching legs to the pin can damage and weaken the sling. Rule […]

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Brad recently asked the following question in response to a blog post The Low-Down on Chain Tie-Downs: “I wrote to my distributor and inquired about chain tags. Their representative replied that all they had in stock were CHAIN TAGS even though they listed CHAIN and SLING tags made by CM. They sent me their part […]

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Randy, an Instrument Technician in the energy industry and recent safety webinar attendee, asks: “Why do only 3 of 4 chain sling legs take the load?” Peter Cooke, Columbus McKinnon Training Manager and Safety Webinar Presenter, answers: When using a chain to build a sling, tolerances for chain can make the legs slightly longer or […]

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This article is Part 5 of a 5-part blog series that will cover what professional riggers should consider when performing an in-depth alloy chain sling inspection. Today, we’ll discuss OSHA chain sling inspection regulations and guidelines. Since first published on July 27, 1975, the OSHA Chain Sling Inspection section has undergone very few changes. These regulations have and […]

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This article is Part 4 of a 5-part blog series that will cover what professional riggers should consider when performing an in-depth alloy chain sling inspection. Today, we’ll discuss stretch and chain elongation. A visual link-by-link inspection is the best way to detect dangerously stretched alloy chain links. Reach should also be measured from the […]

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This article is Part 3 of a 5-part blog series that will cover what professional riggers should consider when performing an in-depth alloy chain sling inspection. Today, we’ll discuss chain wear and corrosion. When used in rigorous material handling applications, chain can easily become worn or corroded. It is important to inspect chain for defects […]

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This article is Part 2 of a 5-part blog series that will cover what professional riggers should consider when performing an in-depth alloy chain sling inspection. Today, we’ll discuss nicks and gouges. When chain is used to lift, pull or secure materials, the outside surface of the links can come in contact with foreign objects […]

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                  This article is Part 1 of a 5-part blog series that will cover what professional riggers should consider when performing an in-depth alloy chain sling inspection. Today, we’ll discuss the effect of twisting and bending. Consider that chain is evaluated by applying loads in a pure […]

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Overhead Lifting Slings are generally used in conjunction with a crane, powered hoist, manual or lever hoist or some type of lifting device. There are numerous types of materials used for building overhead lifting slings – each with specific advantages and disadvantages – including: Chain Wire rope Synthetics Metal mesh. Understand the Application Before You […]

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