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

Does OSHA require a hook with a safety latch for an overhead lift? It’s a question we can’t get away from, because there is no clear answer from any industry organization or regulating authority.

In this podcast we cover:

  • Why are there different stances on safety latches? (1:25)
  • What specifically does OSHA say about a hook with a safety latch? (2:09) 
  • With OSHA and ASME around, why is there confusion? (2:50)
  • Best practices for a hook with a safety latch (3:53)

We also cover:

  • What is the Mazzella Companies stance on latches? (4:32)
  • Do our guys think the OSHA policy is clear enough? (5:11)
  • How do “should” and “shall” affect our industry? (6:23)
  • What can you do to determine whether or not you should put a safety latch on your hook? (7:19)

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Disclaimer: Any advice, graphics, images, and/or information contained herein are presented for general educational and information purposes and to increase overall safety awareness. It is not intended to be legal, medical, or other expert advice or services, and should not be used in place of consultation with appropriate industry professionals. The information herein should not be considered exhaustive and the user should seek the advice of appropriate professionals.