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Toolbox Talks: Hand Signal vs. Walkies, Pin Up/Down, Dynamic Loads, & Old Slings

Welcome to Toolbox Talks! In this episode, we’re looking at some rigging & lifting essentials and answering your lifting questions.

Here’s what rigging & lifting essentials you can expect to learn in this Toolbox Talk:

  1. Discover the correct way to rig your shackle to the crane hook: pin up or pin down?
  2. Learn about the optimal lifting height for various loads.
  3. Explore the communication methods between riggers and crane operators: hand signals, walkie-talkies, or verbal communication?
  4. Uncover the risks associated with dynamic loads, even when the load weight is significantly less than the Working Load Limit.
  5. Gain insights into the service life of slings: Are there any recommended or prescribed durations?

Join us as we delve into these crucial aspects of rigging and lifting and answer these rigging & lifting essential questions. Get ready to enhance your knowledge and make informed decisions.

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In this video:

0:00 – Intro

0:21 – How to get your questions answered

0:29 – Should a shackle be rigged pin up or pin down?

1:18 – How high do you need to lift a load?

1:40 – Are hand signals required to communicate with a crane operator?

2:15 – Do Dynamic Loads create significant risk when the load weight is under the WLL?

2:27 – What is a Dynamic Load?

2:40 – What is a Shock Load?

3:04 – Four factors that contribute to catastrophic failure

4:38 – How to avoid dropping a load

5:56 – Do slings have a recommended service life?

6:38 – How can you learn more?

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