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Lifting Steel Plate – Plate Hooks

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager Edited by Christy Kutchma, Product & Marketing Associate Plate steel is an essential component that is used to fabricate everything from railroad tanker cars, pressure vessels, and storage tanks to machinery, medical equipment, and fighter jets. It is produced in a myriad of widths, lengths, a...

Are BTH Devices Required To Be Proof Tested?

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager Edited by Christy Kutchma, Product & Marketing Associate Are Below the Hook lifting devices are required, by law, to be proof tested prior to initial use? There has been a long standing ongoing debate within the lifting and rigging industry as to the proof load test requirements of BTH liftin...

Alloy Chain Slings – Proof Testing Requirements

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager Edited by Christy Kutchma, Product & Marketing Associate All alloy chain sling assemblies are required to be certified by the sling manufacturer, however, not all are necessarily required to be physically proof tested.  The proof testing requirements for welded versus mechanically assembled al...

Competent or Qualified for Alloy Chain Slings and BTH Devices

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager A ‘Competent Person’ and ‘Qualified Person’ are two references contained in various standards that have clearly defined responsibilities associated with their positions. The ability to perform a particular task is often based on the amount of education and training an individual has received. This...

Selecting the Correct Master Link

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager Master Links and Master-Sub Assemblies are the first components to consider when assembling an alloy chain sling because they serve a very critical function. They are the strongest single component under the crane hook that is required to support, not only the chain sling itself, but the entire lo...

Alloy Chain Bluing is Criteria for Removal

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager The criteria for removing alloy chain from service includes excessive wear, elongation, nicks and gouges, and bent links but one additional consideration is exposure to excessive heat. Manufacturers’ recommendations are to remove alloy chain from service due to excessive high heat exposure. A majo...

Shall and Should When Reading Regulations

Contributed by Bob Kozickie, Technical Sales Support Manager Governments have established regulations and standards within the workplace in order to provide the highest degree of safety for all employees. These regulations and standards have various degrees of authority depending on whether they are statutory, consensus, or 3rd party documents. When we read...