Posted by Timothy Harvard , on Sep, 2015
There are two ways to plan for a job. One is to use the latest in technology and equipment to do the work correctly, safely and with maximum efficiency and use of labor and equipment. The other option is to try to get by with what you have on hand, which may include using outdated and even potentially dangerous types of rigging hardware.
Having the right type of rigging hardware available for the needs of any job site or project is critical. It saves trying to manufacture less than safe systems, and it also helps to streamline the job, allowing you to stay on time at each step in the project. It is also essential to use the right rigging equipment and systems to meet the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requirements as outlined in CFR 1926.251.
There are many different components to consider when selecting rigging hardware. Having the basics on hand to allow your crews to configure the rigging needed for lifting, moving and supporting is critical in any industry.
What is Needed
Under the OSHA regulations as provided by the United States Department of Labor, there are some specific requirements for all rigging hardware used for material handling. These include but are not limited to:
- Permanent identification on all rigging from the manufacturer to indicate the recommended working load limits
- No rigging hardware can be used outside of the manufacturers safe working load limits
- Any customized rigging hardware has to be tested at 125% of the rated capacity, including clamps, hooks, shackles or links
- Al types of slings, as well as hooks, rings, and other attachments, if used with chains, have to have at least the rating capacity of the alloy steel chain
- Wire rope and wire rope slings cannot be used with loads in excess of the indicated working load limits that are shown and affixed to the devices by the manufacturer
- An eye splice used in any wire rope has to have at least three full tucks
- Each wire rope used in hoisting, lowering or pulling has to consist of one continuous piece without knots or splices Except for eye splices at the ends
Knowing what you need in rigging hardware and what OSHA requirements mandate is important. To ensure your job is fully compliant purchase your rigging, wire rope and slings from a company with experience and specialization in wire rope and rigging equipment supply.
With Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company, Inc. you have the benefit of our 30 plus years of experience in the wire rope, rigging hardware and sling industry. To learn more go to Www.Kwrs.Com.