Lifting Shackles: A Brief Guide

Feb 7, 2017Lifting and rigging0 comments

Shackles and other lifting gear have been used in our industry for many years. And although worker injuries and illnesses have recently decreased — in 1972, there were 10.9 incidents for every 100 workers, in 2011, there were 3.4 for every 100 — that doesn’t mean that regulations are always followed. Because lifting equipment like Crosby forged shackles are so simple, they are often used or chosen incorrectly. That’s why we’ve put together a brief guide on how to correctly use Crosby forged shackles and other Certex lifting products.

What are the main types of lifting shackles?

Essentially, there are three basic types of shackles used for lifting: Bow (also known as anchor), Dee (or chain), and Grab shackles. All three types have a “U”-shaped body and a pin. Their size is determined by the diameter of the body material, rather than the diameter of the pin.

Are certain shackles safer than others?

Alloy steel shackles have a higher safe working load than those made of other kinds of steels. There are many different kinds of Crosby forged shackles, but all meet the standards of U.S. federal specifications. Although the kind of shackle you use for a given job may change, these Crosby shackles should be your first choice.

Are working load limits strict?

Yes, absolutely. You need to use lifting shackles that meet or exceed the working load limit required for your project. This limit is not a suggestion. It needs to be followed precisely to ensure safety.

Do shackles need to be inspected?

All shackles and other lifting equipment needs to be examined by a trained professional every six months. Regardless of whatever legislation technically requires, a 6-month examination is what the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association recommends for safety.

Why is choosing the right shackle so important?

The stakes are high when it comes to your shackle of choice. They can help you complete your project safely and effectively, but if chosen incorrectly, they can be responsible for serious injury and damage. You can’t afford to guess when it comes to this type of equipment. Make sure the shackle you choose is perfectly suited for your load limit and the work being done.

Whether you need comprehensive fall protection or require lifting chains and other equipment, we’re here to serve you so you can get the job done. For more information, get in touch with us today.


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