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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.

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.

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 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.

ASME B30.9-2018: Updates & Revisions to ASME’s B30.9 Slings Standard

A look at the newest additions, revisions, and clarifications to the ASME B30.9 Slings standard.

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ASME B30.9 Slings is specific to load-handling lifting slings used to connect to and support a heavy load. The B30.9 standards address the specification, buying, maintenance, training and safe use of wire rope slings, alloy chain slings, metal mesh slings, synthetic rope slings, synthetic web slings, polyester roundslings, and high-performance roundslings.

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.

How Much Does an OSHA / ASME Compliant Rigging Inspection Cost?

At least one periodic inspection of your rigging equipment is required every 12 months (at a minimum) per OSHA and ASME. Learn more about inspection frequencies and the factors that can affect the cost of a periodic rigging inspection.

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Bringing a third-party rigging inspector into your facility shouldn’t be considered an added expense. If you have the proper compliance processes in place and your employees are properly trained, then a periodic rigging inspection should really just be a validation of how well those programs are working.

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

Best Practices for Alloy Chain Sling Inspection and Chain Sling Use

A well thought out chain sling inspection program can help prevent industry compliance issues, keep your workers safe, and extend the life of your lifting equipment.

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The thoroughness of rigging and sling inspection programs varies from company to company and often depends on the qualifications and experience of the inspector. However, inspectors have OSHA 1910.184 and ASME B30.9 to consult for inspection guidelines and specific criteria for removal from service.

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