Rigging Hardware Warnings
Failure to follow warnings and instructions may result in serious injury or death.
Never exceed the Work Load Limit.
The Work Load Limit is the maximum load which should ever be applied to the product, even when the product is new and when the load is uniformly applied – straight line pull only. Avoid side loading. All reference guide listings are based upon usual environmental conditions, and consideration must be given to unusual conditions such as extreme high or low temperatures, chemical solutions or vapors, prolonged immersion in salt water, etc. Such conditions or high risk applications may necessitate reducing the work load limit. Work Load Limit will not apply if product has been welded or otherwise been modified.
Match components properly.
Make certain that components such as hooks, links or shackles, etc. used with wire rope (or chain or cordage) are of suitable material and strength to provide adequate safety protection. Attachments must be properly installed and must have a Work Load Limit at least equal to the product with which they are used.
Keep out from under a raised load.
Conduct all lifting operations in such a manner, that if there were an equipment failure, no personnel would be injured. This means keep out from under a raised load and keep out of the line of force of any load.
Avoid shock loads.
Avoid impacting, jerking or swinging of load – Work Load Limit will not apply. A shock load is generally significantly greater than the static load.
Inspect product regularly.
No product can keep operating at its rated capacity indefinitely. Periodic inspections help determine when to replace a product and reduce rigging hazards. Check for visible damage, cracks, wear, elongation, rust, etc. When in doubt about the extent of the damage, retire the item in question immediately.
Destroy, rather than discard, items that have been judged defective.
They might be used again by someone not aware of the hazard of the defect.