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Danny's Rigging Den: Why Initial Inspection of Rigging Hardware & Slings is Required and Critical

Posted by Danny Bishop on Feb 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

We all have heard of rigging accidents, injuries and even fatalities that may have been prevented if the rigging gear and/or slings had been properly inspected before the shift began or during its use. However, I still find individuals who are not aware of the need to perform an “Initial Inspection”.

What is the “Initial Inspection”?

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This is an inspection done by a designated person which is required per ASME B30.9 (Slings), ASME B30.10 (Hooks), and ASME B30.26 (Rigging Hardware) before use of any new, altered, modified, or repaired sling or rigging hardware.

If you ordered NEW slings or rigging hardware, wouldn’t you want to ensure you received the right product, correct capacity, and make sure it has no defects? Plus, ensure it functions properly before you make it a permanent part of your rigging inventory or release for use in the field?

If the product was altered, modified or repaired (assuming the manufacturer allows), ASME states that a qualified person must first inspect the sling or rigging hardware to verify it does not constitute a hazard if used in the field.

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For the crane folks, OSHA 1926.1412 (b)(1) also addresses the need for an Initial Inspection on the load hook after a repair or adjustment of equipment.

These are just a few of the things that come to mind when I think of the importance of making the Initial Inspection a standard required procedure in the workplace. (See OSHA and ASME for full details).

Did you know written records of the Initial Inspection are required per ASME B30.9 (2014) for Alloy Chain Slings and Metal Mesh Slings?  

(See below information extracted from various ASME standards).

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Hope you found the information useful. Rig Safe!

Best Regards,

Danny Bishop

Corporate Director of Value Added Training

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