OSHA SLING REGULATIONS
OSHA has updated its standards regulating slings for general industry (1910.184) and construction (1926.251). The final rule became effective on July 8, 2011. We have noticed an increase in OSHA inspection of slings and rigging on construction projects since the changes became effective.
This is a very important issue in our operations as well as those of our customers. Our employees have been thoroughly trained in the new requirements and will be actively inspecting any rigging equipment that is utilized in our operations, including equipment provided by our customers. It has been reported to us that OSHA has required operators and riggers to open any jobsite rigging box for inspection. This includes any rigging that is not actively being utilized but is "available" for use.
Specifically, the amended OSHA regulations require:
1. All slings must be affixed with permanent, legible, identification markers that show the maximum load capacity for each sling.
2. Slings are not to be loaded in excess of their recommended safe working load as prescribed by the manufacturer on the ID marker affixed to the sling.
3. Shackles used in rigging must also show rated capacities with permanent ID markers.
4. All load capacity tables that were in previous OSHA standards are obsolete and are being replaced with the above requirements for markings. Any old tables or tags/markers that refer to the old standards must be removed from rigging.
This list is not all inclusive but highlights some of the major changes in the new regulations.
Team Heaton remains committed to providing the best customer service to our industry and we will continue to ensure that it is provided in the safest manner possible. We are available to meet with you at any time to discuss these new requirements and to ensure our mutual compliance. Our safety team has many resources that we can provide to your company if needed.