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Materials Handling (including Gear and Equipment for Rigging) Chain Falls and Pull-lifts


Chain falls and pull-lifts such as come-alongs are frequently used to move or lift heavy items.Anchor points must be strong enough to carry the load and the attachment device must be secured.



Chain Falls and Pull-lifts
Figure 1: Chain falls attached to proper support structure
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 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

Figure 3: Improper practice - Load applied to the throat of the hook, safety latch defective.

Potential Hazard:

Failure of equipment, anchor points, or supporting structures due to overloading, distortion, or misuse may cause serious injuries.

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 Materials. OSHA Shipbuilding and Repair Safety and Health Topics Page.
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