Understanding the different types of shackles – the industry workhorse – with Danny Bishop
shackle is a U-shaped steel connector with holes drilled into the ends for
receiving a removable pin or bolt. Shackles are commonly used to connect the slings
or load to a winch or crane block, for example. It is one of the most powerful,
important, irreplaceable pieces of material handling equipment there is. The
shackle “bow” is a word that refers to the U-shaped body of the shackle.
As we continue to pioneer the advancement of industry best practices below-the-hook, Danny Bishop reiterates the importance of pre-use inspection.
Most riggers are aware of the need to inspect their slings and rigging hardware every day, before and during their use, which is sometimes called the in-service or frequent inspection. And riggers are normally aware of the need for a thorough inspection, which is sometimes called the periodic inspection, that is required by many standards a minimum of once per year.
However, there is a critical inspection that is often overlooked or ignored by many companies in the various material handling industries, called the initial inspection.
Welcome to the first edition of Danny’s Rigging Den on Crosby’s new blog. There’s no better or more important place to start than rigging and, more specifically, the rigger.
Have you ever needed to determine the sling length for a desired angle of loading (horizontal sling angle), but perhaps struggled with how to get the correct answer?