A Tip From The Experts

Always inspect hardware, not just the sling

As always, safety should be the first priority when it comes to lifting. Most people know to inspect their sling prior to use, but few realize this requirement applies to the hardware as well. That’s right, it’s critical to also inspect the hardware before performing any lifting operation.

As outlined in the OSHA regulation standards, hardware should be inspected prior to each shift and as necessary during use. Any hardware that shows signs of damage or defect should immediately be taken out of use.

ASME B30.26 states that hardware shall be removed from service if any of the following are observed:

  • Missing or illegible manufacturer’s name or trademark
  • No load rating identification (or size as required)
  • 10% or more reduction of the original dimension
  • Bent, twisted, distorted, stretched, elongated, cracked, or broken load bearing components
  • Excessive nicks, gouges, pitting and corrosion
  • Indication of heat damage including weld splatter or arc strikes
  • Loose or missing parts
  • Unauthorized replacement components

If you’re unsure about hardware inspection, call us for a free consultation. Safety is always our first priority.