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Shackles 101

Understanding the different types of shackles – the industry workhorse – with Danny Bishop

A 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.

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Importance of initial inspections

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.

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Key questions to ask your rigging provider before your next lift

It is critical to know who is behind your rigging hardware and where the raw materials originate. You should only choose to do business with a manufacturer who controls the supply chain and discloses the country of origin of raw materials and all handoffs in the manufacturing process.

Download the free Rigging Industry Insight Series white paper and watch the videos below to learn six key questions to ask your rigging provider before your next lift:

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