Hatch beam and pontoon bridles shall be:
Long enough to reach the holes, rings, or other lifting
attachments on the hatch beams and pontoons easily;
Of adequate strength to lift the load safely; and
Properly maintained, including covering or blunting of
protruding ends in wire rope splices.
Bridles for lifting hatch beams shall be equipped with toggles,
shackles, or hooks, or other devices of such design that they cannot
become accidentally dislodged from the hatch beams with which they are
used. Hooks other than those described in this section may be used only
when they are hooked into the standing part of the bridle. Toggles,
when used, shall be at least one inch (2.54 cm) longer than twice the
largest diameter of the holes into which they are placed.
Bridles used for lifting pontoons and plugs shall have the number of legs required by the design of the
pontoon or plug, and all of which shall be used. Where any use of a bridle requires fewer than the number of legs provided, idle legs shall be hung on the
hook or ring, or otherwise prevented from swinging free.
At least two legs of all strongback and pontoon bridles shall
be equipped with a lanyard at least eight feet (2.44 m) long and in
good condition. The bridle end of the lanyard shall be of chain or
[62 FR 40101, July 25, 1997; 65 FR 40944, June 30, 2000]