Blocks and connecting components of an unusual nature which are specially designed and constructed as
an integral part of a particular lifting unit and are either permanently affixed or of such design that two or more components must be tested together
need not be considered as loose gear for purposes of 1919.31.
In lieu of the loose gear proof test required by 1919.31(a), design data shall be submitted to an
accredited certification agency indicating design and material specifications and analysis whereby the designed strength of such gear may be
Subsequent to the test of the lifting unit as a whole, a thorough visual examination shall be made of
disassembled parts and an electronic, ultrasonic, or other equally efficient nondestructive examination shall be made of those parts not dismantled to
ensure the safe condition of such parts.