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How Often Must Slings and Other Rigging Equipment Be Inspected?

Depending on the severity of the operating environment and frequency of use, your business may integrate a more thorough and more frequent rigging inspection program.

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We often get asked, "How often do I need to inspect my slings and other rigging hardware?" Fortunately, OSHA and ASME have strict requirements on what needs to be inspected and how often it should be inspected. In this article, we'll break down the different types of inspections that occur during the service life of a sling or other piece of rigging equipment.

What is a Rigid Rail Fall Protection System? Different Types & Design

A rigid rail fall protection system helps reduce workplace risks and protects your workers at height from fall hazards.

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Rigid rail systems are modular in design and can be configured in virtually endless lengths, spans, and fall protection coverage areas. A variety of track styles, mounting styles, and specifications allow you to create a durable and low maintenance fall protection system that will protect one or more workers at height.

How Do I Inspect Synthetic Rope Slings to ASME B30.9 Standards?

Understanding ASME inspection standards will help to ensure the safety of the users, help extend the service life of the slings, and help reduce loss of production due to equipment downtime.

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Synthetic rope slings are preferred in certain lifting applications in the construction, shipyard, and offshore and deepwater industries. However, synthetic rope slings can be more prone to damage from heat, chemicals, and abrasion or cutting when lifting loads with sharp corners or edges. So, regular inspection is key when forming synthetic rope into slings for lifting applications.

How to Inspect Your Metal Mesh Lifting Slings to ASME B30.9 Standards

Understanding ASME inspection standards will help to ensure the safety of the users, help extend the service life of the slings, and help reduce loss of production due to equipment downtime.

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Metal mesh slings are widely used in demanding environments like metalworking facilities and steel processing facilities where the loads may be abrasive and hot. However, if there is evidence of even one broken wire in the sling, the entire sling needs to be removed from service.

How to Inspect Synthetic Web Slings to ASME B30.9 Standards

Web slings are some of the most used and abused pieces of rigging equipment you’ll find on a job site and not a lot of consideration is given to sling protection or rigging best practices.

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In this article, our goal is to help you understand what is required for your web slings to meet ASME B30.9 standards, which in turn, will help to ensure the safety of the users, help extend the service life of the slings, and help reduce unnecessary equipment repair costs and loss of production due to equipment downtime.

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.

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.

The 6 Most Common Problems Found During a Rigging Gear Inspection

No matter what the production process is, what’s being moved through the facility, or what type of rigging practices are being used, these are the most common problems we discover during the course of a rigging inspection.

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It’s not a stretch to say that some companies are more proactive in training their employees and inspecting their rigging gear than others. If you were to compare your most recent rigging inspection report to a similar company in your industry, how would you compare when it comes to failed equipment and compliance?

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 Plan and Prepare for a Third-Party Rigging Gear Inspection

These four simple questions can help make your rigging inspection run as smooth as possible and avoid surprises and extra charges during the course of a third-party rigging inspection.

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If you’re not confident in your knowledge of the applicable OSHA and ASME standards, or just don’t have the resources to safely and effectively inspect your rigging equipment, you should consider a third-party inspection provider.

How to Calculate Total Fall Distance When Using Fall Protection Equipment

Learn how to calculate the total estimated fall distance, as well as address some of the other factors you should consider when selecting and using fall protection equipment.

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Total fall distance is the total distance of a free fall, plus the additional distance encountered during deceleration. When calculating total fall distance for a worker who is working at height, a number of different factors must be considered.

What are the Hidden Costs of Owning an Overhead Crane System?

It’s easy to overlook some of the hidden costs of buying, installing, and maintaining an overhead crane. Learn how to avoid some of the major pitfalls.

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In this article, we’ll help you identify some of the pitfalls and hidden costs associated with overhead crane ownership. Our goal is to help you better understand how to properly budget for and design an overhead crane so the installation and future maintenance is as painless as possible.

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