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What is the ASME B30 Safety Standard for Cranes, Hoists, and Rigging?

A look at each volume of the ASME B30 Safety Standards as they apply to material handling equipment, cranes, hoists, rigging equipment, and below-the-hook lifting devices.

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If you work in a job that utilizes a crane, hoist, derrick, or cableway to lift and move material, you’re operating under rules and regulation that likely originated from the ASME B30 Safety Standard. The guidelines set forth by the experts on the B30 committee and sub-committees can help employers, manufacturers, end-users, and contractors keep themselves out of harm’s way and improve safety performance and compliance.

ASME B30.26 Shackle Inspection Requirements and Best Practices for Use

Learn more about ASME B30.26 inspection requirements, removal for service criteria, and best practices for use when rigging a load using shackles.

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Are you looking for OSHA and ASME requirements for shackle inspection? Do you need to know how often and what to look for when inspecting your shackles and other rigging hardware? In this article, we help you understand shackle marking requirements, inspection frequencies, removal from service criteria, and best practices when rigging with shackles.

Identification & Markings Compliance for Older Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices

A review of the applicable ASME B30.20 and ASME BTH-1 standards and acceptable markings for older below-the-hook lifting devices.

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It's possible that if you have a below-the-hook lifting device manufactured prior to 2008, it may not be in compliance with today's ASME B30.20 identification and markings requirements. In this article, we try to clear up some of the confusion as to what markings our inspectors look for when performing a periodic below-the-hook device inspection.

ASME B30.10 Hook Inspection Criteria and Best Practices for Use

A look at the ASME B30.10 Hooks standard and what you need to know about the inspection and use of your hooks.

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Do you know how often you should be inspecting your hooks, who should be performing those inspections, and most importantly—what you should be looking for when you inspect a hook? In this article, we'll answer all of those questions, plus provide best practices when using hooks to move or secure a load.

What Information Must Be Included on a Sling Identification Tag?

A closer look at the identification tag requirements for each type of lifting sling.

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You could argue that a sling identification tag is the most important component of a sling assembly. Without it, you don’t have any frame of reference on the rated load and the sling’s capabilities in different hitch configurations and at different sling angles.

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 choose to 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.

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