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Wire Rope Clips: A Look at Different Types, Installation, and Common Mistakes

Understanding common mistakes for use of wire rope clips is important to forming safe, compliant wire rope end terminations.

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Wire rope clips are some of the most common pieces of hardware used in end terminations. As a rigger, or end-user of wire rope, it's important to understand the different types of wire rope clips and the proper way to install them to maximize rope strength and efficiency.

How to Use No Touch Hand Tools to Reduce Injuries on Your Job Site

No touch hand tools can help to reduce hand and finger injuries by facilitating safe movement of the load.

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No touch hand tools are used to handle and manipulate a suspended load without physically touching it. If hand and finger injuries are common at your facility, utilizing no touch hand tools can help to reduce the likelihood of these injuries.

Eye Bolts vs. Swivel Hoist Rings: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Common Uses

While used for similar applications, there are important factors to keep in mind when choosing between an eye bolt and a hoist ring for an overhead lift.

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Although eye bolts and hoist rings are used for similar applications, they differ greatly when it comes to design, capabilities, features, and more. It is not uncommon to see an eye bolt damaged during a lift where a hoist ring could have been applied correctly.

What Are the Different Grades of Chain?

Welded chain comes in several different levels of strength, known as grades. Grade is especially important when it comes to the difference between carbon and alloy chain.

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What exactly does the number in the grade of a chain or chain sling stand for? Understanding the differemt grades of chain will help you understand how to use chain products correctly and safely in lifting and tie-down applications.

9 Common Rigging Problems and How to Prevent Them

Understanding the most common rigging problems (and why they occur) is the first step in learning how to prevent them in your shop.

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Failing to check for simple things like the capacity of a shackle, or the weight of the load, are common mistakes when rigging a load. Preventing mistakes—especially the common ones—is an important step in keeping your employees and facility safe.

A Brief Rigging Glossary: Basic Industry Terms You Should Know

Getting started in rigging can be difficult, especially if you're unfamiliar with the terminology. Use this glossary as a guide to understanding some of the common terms you might hear.

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Understanding common lifting and rigging terms can be critical to the success of planning and executing an overhead lift. Use this rigging glossary to learn more about some of the basic and common terms you might hear on the job.

How Do Twin-Path® Slings Compare to Wire Rope and Alloy Chain Slings?

High-performance Twin-Path® roundslings combine the strength and toughness of a wire rope or chain sling, with the weight-savings and ergonomics of a nylon or polyester sling.

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With standard capacities up to 400 tons, Twin-Path® high-performance roundslings are as strong as steel, but are only about 10% of the weight of a comparable wire rope or alloy chain sling.

Considerations for Maintaining Load Control When You Rig Your Next Lift

Maintaining control of your load during an overhead lift is critical to a safe, successful rigging plan.

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Even if a load is perfectly rigged according to its weight, without proper load control, the lift could fail and cause serious injury and damage. In order to safely and successfully rig and lift a load, it is imperative for the rigger to ensure load control is maintained.

Ball Bearing and Positioning Swivels: What They Are and How They’re Used

Swivels are used to position a load or to swivel under its weight. Learn the difference between ball bearing and positioning swivels.

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A swivel is a piece of hardware used to accommodate load movement and twisting and is particularly useful in situations where a load may sway or spin. Positioning swivels and ball bearing swivels have slightly different functions, parts, and capabilities.

Alloy Chain Sling Assemblies: Parts, Configuration, and Terminology

Among the most versatile types of lifting slings, chain slings come in a wide variety of configurations. Learn more about the different parts and terms associated with chain slings.

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We often find there is confusion around the different terminology used to describe alloy chain slings. In this article, we'll look at the different parts of a chain sling and some of the terminology used to classify different chain sling assemblies.

Master Links and Rings: What Are the Types and How Are They Used?

Links and rings are a basic but essential part of rigging and sling assemblies.

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Links and rings can also be used as a connection point between virtually any two parts of a rigging assembly. If you’re new to the rigging industry or haven't used a link or ring before, it may not be entirely clear why these simple devices are so essential when rigging an overhead lift. 

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