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Sling Protection Basics: How to Properly Maintain & Store Lifting Slings

When you know how to properly care for your slings, you’ll extend the service life of the product and get a better return on your investment.

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Understanding how to properly care for your slings will help to extend the service life of the product, provide a better return on your investment, and help to avoid an accident or near-miss when performing overhead lifts.

Which Sling Hitch is Best for Your Lift? Vertical vs. Basket vs. Choker

Lifting slings are designed to be used in several types of hitches so that the best configuration can be used for handling and controlling a particular load.

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Lifting slings are designed to be used in several types of hitches so that the best configuration can be used for handling and controlling a particular load. In this article, we compare the vertical hitch, basket hitch, choker hitch, and bridle hitch configurations to help determine the best type of sling and hitch to use for your overhead lift.

How to Calculate the Weight of a Load Before an Overhead Lift

Planning an overhead lift all starts with understanding the weight of the load you plan on lifting and moving.

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Planning an overhead lift all starts with understanding the weight of the load you plan on lifting and moving. Everything else should fall into place if you follow lifting and rigging best practices and put a lift plan together prior to any load being raised into the air.

OSHA Definitions of Competent, Qualified, Designated & Certified Persons

Do you know which of your riggers are competent or qualified? What requirements do you use to make that determination? Could you provide proof that your employees meet those requirements?

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Do you know what the difference is between Certified, Qualified, Competent, and Designated? These terms are frequently used in everyday conversation, but as it relates to the rigging and lifting industry, OSHA and ASME have very specific definitions and implications for each one.

13 Rigging Best Practices for Your Next Overhead Lift [Infographic]

Never gamble with your safety - Download our Lifting & Rigging Best Practices Infographic!

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Don't take risks...be a rigger with a plan. Good crane operation and good rigging practices require having a plan and executing that plan for every lift. Practice good risk management by identifying, addressing, and controlling any risks that may exist prior to, during, or after an overhead lift.

Why Pay for Lifting and Rigging Training When You Can Get it for Free?

Providing the best training for your employees has become a bigger part of developing a culture of safety and creating a safe work place. Can something so important be free?

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The key to a safe working environment has always been training, inspection, and knowledgeable employees. More frequently, we’re seeing customers that are genuinely concerned for the safety and well-being of their employees and are willing to invest in proper training.

How to Get More Out of Your Rigging Training and Lift Training Courses

If your employees think training means nothing more than free donuts and time away from work, then it won’t be effective.

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If you take a step back and look at the big picture, it’s not about the certificate you receive at the end of the training. It’s about the actions you take to ensure you and your co-workers create a safe lifting and rigging environment to work in.

How to Solve Rigging Equipment Challenges on the Construction Job Site

Frustrated safety and job supervisors struggle to catalog and organize their lifting and rigging equipment and corresponding inspection records.

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There’s no better feeling than knowing that your employees are equipped with the right tools they need to do the job, they’re properly trained on how to use their gear and make safe lifts, and that all of the gear is well-organized and in compliance with industry inspection requirements.

7 Reasons Why Inspection Tags Aren’t Making Your Lifting Program Safer

In theory, this process seems like a highly-organized and bullet-proof way to make sure your lifting and rigging gear is in compliance with industry standards. But, it may introduce some unintended consequences into the inspection process.

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In theory, this process seems like a highly-organized and bullet-proof way to make sure your lifting and rigging gear is in compliance with industry standards. However, you may be introducing some ambiguity and unintended consequences into the inspection process to determine if your equipment is in proper working condition

Choosing the Best Lifting Sling: Wire Rope vs. Chain vs. Synthetics

A look at the advantages and disadvantages of each type of lifting sling to help you select the best sling for your next lifting project.

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Chain slings, wire rope slings, web slings, roundslings, synthetic rope, and metal mesh slings can all be used to safely and efficiently lift and position a load. But, choosing the right type of lifting sling is dependent on a complete understanding of the application, the environment it’s being used in, and how the sling will be used to support and lift the load.

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