Sling Inspection Considerations
When you inspect steel chain slings, there are several things to consider: industry environment, equipment function, estimated usage time, dimensions and the weight of lifted product. If an overhead crane inspector understands how cranes are typically used and the environment in which they are typically used, they can determine how best to customize overhead crane maintenance to the cranes.
Any good overhead crane inspector will be familiar with OSHA’s safety standards for sling inspections and will be able to verify the condition and safety of your equipment. Be sure that any deformed, broken and worn slings taken out of service immediately. Verify that couplings are in good working order before use.
OSHA 1910.184(e)(7)(ii) , 1910.184(e)(8) and 1910.184(e)(9)(i) Sling Inspections
(the following excerpt taken directly from OSHA 1910.184)
Inspections: Repairing and reconditioning alloy steel chain slings, effect of wear and deformed attachments
Mechanical coupling links or low carbon steel repair links shall not be used to repair broken lengths of chain.
If the chain size at any point of the link is less than that stated in Table N-184-1, the employer must remove the chain from service.
Alloy steel chain slings with cracked or deformed master links, coupling links or other components shall be removed from service.
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