Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents|
| Standard Number:||1926.251; 1926.251(a)(4); 1926.32; 1926.32(q)|
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Special custom design grabs, hooks, clamps, or other lifting accessories, for such units as modular panels, prefabricated structures and similar materials... shall be proof-tested prior to use to 125 percent of their rated load. [Emphasis added.]Further, §1926.32 provides certain definitions which are used in the application of Part 1926 regulations. Specifically, §1926.32(q) states:
Shall means mandatory.Therefore, the requirement that special custom-design grabs, hooks, clamps or other lifting accessories be proof-tested prior to use is mandatory, and failure to comply is a violation of OSHA requirements.
furnish to each of [its] employees employment... free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm...The construction industry recognizes the necessity for inspections of below-the-hook lifting devices. An employer who follows ASME B.30.20, specifically sections 20-1.3.1 through 20-1.3.7 and 20-1.3.9 with respect to inspections for below-the-hook lifting devices (other than for slings), would be considered to be in compliance with OSHA requirements.
special custom design grabs, hooks...or other lifting accessories. . .be marked to indicate the safe working loads and shall be proof-tested prior to use to 125 percent of their rated load.The standard does not specify any particular means of determining the weight of the load being tested. Therefore, any method that can be reasonably expected to yield sufficiently accurate and reliable data to establish the weight of the load may be used for the proof-test. For example, where an employer intends to use I-beams for the test load, a weight calculation based on measurements of the I-beam's dimensions and application of those measurements to manufacturer or published I-beam weight tables would be acceptable.
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