Use of Lifting Accessories Tool Box talk
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Use of Lifting Accessories
Introduction: Misuse and/or neglect of lifting accessories are a common cause of accidents, some of which prove fatal.
• All lifting accessories should be marked with a safe working load (SWL) which must never be exceeded (note that some rope slings may not be marked but these should be accompanied by test certificate indicating the SWL).
• Only ever use the correct type of lifting accessories for the task in hand, and only ever use them in the manner intended.
• Visually inspect lifting accessories prior to use for any obvious faults – if in doubt do not use.
• Never use fibre rope or wire slings for hot loads and protect them from hot work such as welding.
• Protect nylon and wire rope slings from sharp edges.
• Never tie a knot in a chain sling to shorten it or join pieces together to lengthen it, and ensure there are no kinks or twists prior to use.
• Don’t lubricate chain slings – they then pick up abrasive materials.
• Use only approved “C” type hooks or those fitted with a working safety catch.
• Check splices, rings and thimbles on any slings, and check the bow and pin on any shackles (never use homemade shackles).
• Land loads onto suitable bearers to avoid damaging lifting accessories and to assist in easy removal.
• Ensure your hands are clear of ropes and chains before the load is taken, and stand well clear.
• Ensure all lifting accessories are suitably stored when not in use – they should not be left lying on the ground where they can get damaged.
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