Tips for Inspecting Rigging Hardware

Inspecting Rigging Hardware

Safety is a critical topic in construction, and it is discussed frequently at Ashley Sling. It’s important to us that our customers fully understand the equipment and products they are using, which is why we offer training courses to prepare riggers. While COVID-19 has affected the typical schedule for our Open Training Course, we hope to provide you helpful tips and reminders for inspecting rigging hardware.

1. Qualified Riggers

When making inspections, the user must be trained in inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environment and rigging practices. Make sure you seek out training for you or your employees so that everyone can be successful and safe on the jobsite. Once we resume sessions, our training course would be a great place to begin.

2. Identification

All rigging hardware must have proper identification and remain legible. The hardware must be removed from service if it is missing identification or if the identification is illegible.

Crosby L-320 Eye Hook
Crosby L-320

3. Frequent Inspections

Rigging hardware should be inspected prior to its first ever use. It should also be inspected each day before use in addition to a yearly, or more frequent, inspection.

4. Remove Dangers Immediately

Rigging hardware must be removed from service immediately if any dangerous elements are presented during the rigging inspection. Some common problems presented during inspections include, but is not limited to, corrosion, heat damage, bent or twisting, and excessive nicks or gouges. Additionally, any significant permanent deformation, or change in shape, indicates it has been overloaded and must be removed from service.

Inspection are a necessary and required practice to prevent workplace accidents and deaths. As always, refer to the OSHA, ASME, and WSTDA standards as they may apply. Additionally, refer to the manufacturers’ warnings for more detailed information about the products you use. Our team at Ashley Sling would be happy to schedule a rigging inspection for you to get a jump start on the new year. Contact us today!

For additional information, please refer to the OSHA, ASME, and WSTDA standards as the may apply. It is not intended, nor should it be construed, that the information contained herein takes precedence over any regulations and requirements, local, state, federal, OEM or any other ruling body.

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