Does Welding Spatter Warrant the Replacement of a Chain?

Safety and Training | Inspection & Maintenance | By Columbus McKinnon Training | Feb 05, 2015


Joe, a salesperson for a CMCO distributor and recent safety webinar attendee, asks: 

“Does welding spatter warrant the replacement of a chain?”

Our Columbus McKinnon Training team answers:

Yes, weld spatter does warrant chain replacement. Weld spatter should be considered as heat damage. Because hoist chain is heat treated, any heat 410 degrees F and up could have an effect on the chain’s integrity. Weld splatter is molten metal at temperatures above 2,000 degrees. When it comes into contact with the chain, weld spatter adversely affects the heat treat properties of the link or links and the chain must be replaced.

To learn more about hoist chain inspection & lubrication, we encourage you watch the following safety webinars:

Hoist Chain Inspection and Maintenance
Hoist Chain Lubrication: Why is it so important?

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Articles authored by "Columbus McKinnon Training" were written by industry professionals with decades of unique and in-depth experience in the material handling industry who are no longer employed by Columbus McKinnon.

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