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How to Properly Inspect Your Lever Strap Hoist

Posted by Henry Brozyna on

When it comes to lever hoists, utility professionals rely on a variety of different hoists to get the job done. One of the most popular hoists for utility applications is the lever strap hoist. When using a lever strap hoist, it’s important to inspect it regularly to prevent accidents or product failures. These inspections are …

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4 Steps to Select the Right Wire Grip for Your Application

Posted by Christie Lagowski on

When working with wire in utility applications, safety is of utmost importance. That’s why it’s critical to choose the correct wire grip for the task at hand. Here are four steps to help you choose the best grip for your application. Step 1: Determine what type of wire is being used. What wire size are …

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Chain Sling Wear and Stretch: Are They the Same?

Posted by Henry Brozyna on

Frédéric, a mechanical engineer for the auxiliary equipment unit of a Canadian public utility company and recent safety webinar attendee, asked the following question about chain sling wear: “You said a sling should be removed from service if it stretches. But, you also said that 10% of wear is permissible. Does this mean that a stretch of …

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Yale Hoist Used in Raising of Hazelmere Dam Wall in South Africa

Posted by Trevor Herbert on

Last year, the North Coast Region of South Africa experienced a drought that exposed the inadequacies of the region’s current water storage. As part of an intervention to address this issue and the growing demands of the North Coast Region, the Department of Water Affairs decided to look at ways to improve the dam located on the Mdloti River. …

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When Your Chain Sling Tag is Missing

Posted by Henry Brozyna on

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, …

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