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Materials Handling (including Gear and Equipment for Rigging) Inspection


Figure 1: Improper practice - Worker riding crane hook exposed to fall and entaglement hazards
Figure 1: Improper practice - Worker riding crane hook exposed to fall and entanglement hazards.
 Figure 2: Improper practice - Works near suspended workbasket and supported load
Figure 2: Improper practice - Workers near suspended  workbasket and supported load.
Potential Hazards:

Failure to adequately inspect material-handling devices and rigging gear may allow unsafe equipment to be used, and may result in serious accidents.


Requirements and Example Solutions:

  • Material handling gear and equipment used for materials handling and rigging must be inspected before each shift and, when necessary, at intervals during its use to ensure its safety. [29 CFR 1915.111(a)
  • Defective material handling gear must be removed and repaired or replaced before further use. [29 CFR 1915.111(a)]
  • The safe working load of material handling gear must not be exceeded. [29 CFR 1915.111(b)]










Use of Gear
Figure 3: Wire sling and shackle
Figure 3: Wire sling and shackle.

Figure 4: Chain falls in use
Figure 4: Chain falls in use.

Figure 5: Worker inspecting wire rope slings
Figure 5: Worker inspecting wire rope slings.

Figure 6: Safe load of chain fall illegibly marked
Figure 6: Safe load of chain fall illegibly marked.
Potential Hazards:

Failure to adequately inspect material-handling devices and rigging gear may allow unsafe equipment to be used, and may result in serious accidents. Requirements and Example Solutions:
  • Material handling gear and equipment used for materials handling and rigging must be inspected before each shift and, when necessary, at intervals during its use to ensure its safety. [29 CFR 1915.111(a)
  • Defective material handling gear must be removed and repaired or replaced before further use. [29 CFR 1915.111(a)]
  • The safe working load of material handling gear must not be exceeded. [29 CFR 1915.111(b)]
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