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When Your Chain Sling Tag is Missing

Rigging | How To's | Safety and Training | by Henry Brozyna | Jul 20, 2017


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Norris, a CMCO distributor sales representative, and recent safety webinar attendee, asked the following question about chain sling inspection:

If the tag is missing upon inspection, can the chain sling be retagged for service without knowing the original sling length?

Henry Brozyna, CMCO trainer and safety webinar presenter, answers:

No. If the chain sling tag is missing, there is no way an inspector can verify the true length of the sling, which is required for checking to ensure the sling has not been elongated.

When the frequent or pre-use inspections are being done by the rigger, it should have been communicated that the tag was in bad shape. This way, a new tag could have been made available while the original one was still in place.

Want to learn more? View our recent safety webinar!

Safety Webinar: Chain Sling Inspection

Before using a chain sling, it is important to perform a pre-lift inspection to prevent accidents and injuries. In this webinar, we will identify rigging gear used in slings as well as terms associated with them. We will also discuss OSHA regulations and ASME standards that apply to your rigging equipment.

Henry Brozyna

Henry Brozyna is an Industry Product Trainer at Columbus McKinnon specializing in Crane and Hoist Inspection and Repair, Rigging & Load Securement He has been training on crane and rigging safety for more than 20 years. Henry is a member of the Tie Down committee and former Board of Directors for the WSTDA; this group writes the standards that are used by the material handling industry, the transportation industry, and also law enforcement. Henry is also a current member of the Crane Institute’s board of directors.

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