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When to Retire a Hook from Service

Using a damaged, expired, or malfunctioned hook is more than just a risky move; it’s a potentially fatal lapse of judgement. Sling slippage, loss of load control, and on-site injury become imminent possibilities when you use a hook that isn’t up to par. Therefore, it’s essential to know what to look for when you inspect a hook and how to tell when it’s time to retire it from service.   When to Retire a Hook Hooks might not come with exact expiration dates, but you can easily tell when one needs replacing. Monthly hook inspections are essential to every lift and rigging crew, because they can detect defects, malfunctions, or any other equipment errors proactively. Here are the most common […]