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Identifying Defects in Your Rigging Hardware

Identifying Defects in Your Rigging Hardware

Out of all the issues that can jeopardize your success and safety on the job –– inclement weather, improper training, and inadequate planning –– defective or damaged tools is one of the most critical. Fortunately, this issue is also one of the most easily preventable. Here are some tips to help you identify weaknesses in your rigging hardware. 

Hooks 

Hooks help crews rig loads to prepare for lifting or hoisting. However, loading a hook with weight beyond its working limit can cause the metal to warp or even break. A deformed hook can cause load instability and potential slippage. Specific issues to look for when it comes to sling, foundry, or any other lifting hooks include: 

  • Bends 
  • Gouges 
  • Corrosion 
  • Malfunctioning latches
  • Missing identification 

Shackles and Pins

Similar to hooks, shackles allow your crew to connect a load to cranes and other lifting machinery. Again, similar to hooks, shackles can sustain damage if overloaded. By trying to use a defective shackle, you also risk load droppage and put your crew in danger. The following signs of wear and tear on either a shackle or pin indicate that it might be time to retire and replace the tool: 

  • Cracks 
  • Rust 
  • Bends 
  • Breakage 
  • Damage from high temperature 
  • Unreadable identification 

Eye Bolts 

After fixing an eye bolt to a structure, you can thread wire rope or cables through the eye. If an eye bolt is damaged, however, you risk stability and security of the rope and whatever it might be attached to. That’s why it’s crucial to examine eye bolts for issues such as: 

  • Bends 
  • Cracks 
  • Corrosion 
  • Breakage 

Before you put any tool to the test, inspect it for faults that could seriously harm your crew or your rigging system. If you need help checking for damage, defects, or other problems with your rigging hardware, trust the team at Florida Wire & Rigging. We can help you safely get through any job with training seminars, hardware inspections, and industry certifications. And if you need to replace your expired hardware or find a unique tool to fit your next job, you can shop our online store or request a custom-made order. To learn more about the do’s and don’ts of hardware inspection, contact us today at 800-432-2269.

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