Figure 1: Chain falls attached to proper support structure.
Figure 2: Upper hook of a come-along, secured in place by safety latch on hook.
Figure 3: Improper practice - Load applied to the throat of the hook, safety latch defective.
Failure of equipment, anchor points, or
supporting structures due to overloading, distortion, or misuse may cause
Requirements and Example Solutions:
- Chain falls and pull-lifts capacity must be clearly marked. [29 CFR 1915.114(a)]
- Capacity must not be exceeded. [29 CFR 1915.114(a)]
- Chain falls and pull-lifts must be regularly inspected. [29 CFR 1915.114(b)]
- Straps, shackles, and the beam or overhead structure to which a
chain fall or pull-lift is secured must be of adequate strength to
support the weight of load and gear. [29 CFR 1915.114(c)]
- The upper hook must be moused
or otherwise secured. [29 CFR 1915.114(c)]
- Scaffolding must not be used as a point of attachment for lifting
devices unless specifically designed for that purpose. [29 CFR 1915.114(d)]
- ANSI B30.1 through B30.17
Process: Handling Large
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