The Importance of Pre-Operational Lifting & Rigging Safety Inspections
Safety Standards and Regulations
Tanner along with Columbus McKinnon want to be sure you know the importance and understand all of the safety regulations that apply to your lifting and rigging systems. Each piece of equipment that you use in your lifting & rigging system may have different standards that apply. This may cause confusion and leave you vulnerable to citations and fines. This makes it very important to read up on all available literature to make sure you are following all required guidelines and standards.
Overview of the Most Important ASME Safety Standards
ASME is an organization that provides design and inspection standards for hoists and rigging products. ASME is a voluntary committee made up of industry experts. Their standards are voluntary standards updated every three years – not laws like OSHA regulations. Standards are used as guidance for safety because many of our products do not have applicable OSHA regulations.
ASME B30.16 Standard
This standard applies to under hung powered hoists, including electric and air, as well as chainfalls. This standard covers construction, marking, inspection, use, and training.
ASME B30.21 Standard
This standard applies to lever hoists, including chain, wire rope and strap hoists.
Multiple Regulations for Hoists and Full Lifting Systems
Times where it is very important to read up on your AMSE standards are when, a single hoist has multiple standards that need to be followed or when using a full lifting system. In each of these instances, whether you are an operator or inspector there are specific part of these standards you should know in detail. In any case where you may have a question about any standard, the best practice would be to check with the equipment manufacturer. In these cases Columbus McKinnon is more than happy to help! CMCO’s professional training department offers you extensive training courses to provide in depth training on these regulations.
Columbus McKinnon at Tanner
Tanner chooses to distribute Columbus McKinnon products due to their high manufacturing standards and ability to provide our customers with the highest quality lifting and rigging products. We carry everything you’ll need including: hand chain hoists, electric chain hoists, & ratchet hoists. Along with a large selection of lifting and rigging hardware: wire rope clips, anchor & chain shackles, lifting hooks, and chain. For all of your lifting and rigging needs, be sure to shop Columbus McKinnon at TannerBolt.com