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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.

Single-Part vs. 7-Part™ Wire Rope Slings: Which is Best?

One of the main complaints against wire rope is that it can become unruly and hard to rig—and ultimately has to be removed from service— when it develops kinks and bends in its structure.

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There are plenty of options when it comes to buying wire rope and wire rope slings. In this article, we compare traditional single-part wire rope slings and a 7-Part wire rope sling to help you determine which type of wire rope sling might be best for your lifting application.

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]

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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.

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.

Lifting and Rigging Solutions for Die Handling and Automotive Stamping

Die and mold handling can be complicated and dangerous. Learn how to assess your lifting practices and the equipment your team is using to handle dies and molds.

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There are a number of different lifting and rigging challenges when performing die handling and stamping procedures. This article will expose you to some of the solutions that are available for these unique lifting and rigging processes.

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.

What is Wire Rope? Understanding the Specifications and Construction

Wire rope is a complex piece of mechanical machinery with a number of different specifications and properties that can affect its performance and service life.

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Understanding the components of wire rope, the construction of wire rope, and the different types of wire rope will allow you to select the best performing and longest-lasting wire rope for the job at hand.

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.

Does OSHA Require a Hook with a Safety Latch for an Overhead Lift?

When deciding on whether to use a hook latch or not, careful consideration must be given to the specific lifting application.

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The use of latches on hooks is a topic that is constantly up for debate in the lifting and rigging industries. While some people argue that hook latches are always required and should always be utilized, others argue that latches are not required.

How to Choose a Rigging Inspection Company for OSHA Compliance

What to look for when selecting a third-party company to inspect your wire rope, chain slings, roundslings, and rigging hardware.

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One of the most important aspects of selecting a rigging inspection company is to understand who is actually performing the inspection. Does the company have certified inspectors on staff? Understanding that certified means that their employees have been through an accredited training program to obtain a certification—they didn’t just sit through one class in order to receive an “attendance certificate.”
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