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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.

13 Rigging Best Practices for Your Next Overhead Lift [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.

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?

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 annual periodic inspection of your rigging equipment is required 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

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.

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.

Top 5 Reasons Your Lifting & Rigging Program isn’t OSHA/ASME Compliant

Five of the most common observations from the field that could prevent you from reaching 100% compliance with OSHA and ASME requirements.

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Often we see companies that make an effort to follow lifting and rigging standards and best practices, but instead are almost fully OSHA compliant. Read on to learn about common practices that can prevent your lifting and rigging program from becoming 100% compliant.

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