Wednesday Work Tips

Rigging and Slings

  • Do not overload the rated capacities.
  • Ensure slings and chains are in good condition and not frayed or cracked. Understand their rated capacities and verify they are proper for the load. If the rated load of a sling cannot be read, the sling is out of service and cannot be used.
  • Inspect hooks and clasps. Verify they are not deformed in any way. All hooks should have clasps that enclose the hook completely.
  • Secure chains and slings underneath, or attached to, the strongest load bearing structure on the load.
  • Secure loose parts, doors, or other swinging components before lifting. Strapping or crating are common techniques.
  • Secure the load and identify latching points so the load does not shift during transfer. Understand the center of gravity of the load and how it may shift once lifted.
  • Attach tag lines to the load to direct where it will be placed and to mitigate risk of movement while transferring. Never stand underneath a load. Do not steady the load with your hands.

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