Any person using this catalog is responsible to read and understand all warnings, instructions and other information listed below and throughout the remainder of this book. Warnings may be found under or directly adjacent to the product description of the items. Warnings that are specific to a particular product or products will be found at the beginning of each product section.
All warning and safety information will be highlighted in yellow.
All products are sold with the express understanding that the person purchasing is thoroughly familiar with their correct application and safe use. Use all products properly, in a safe manner, and only for the application for which the product was manufactured and intended. Elite Sales, Inc. in no way assumes responsibility for any products that is misused or abused. Responsibility for design and use decisions rest solely with the user.
Remember: Any product will break if abused, misused, overused or not maintained properly. Such breaks can cause loads to fall or swing out of control, possibly resulting in serious injury or death, as well as major property damage.
- Never exceed Working Load Limit (WLL)
- Match components properly
- Keep out from under a raised load
- Avoid shock loads
- Inspect products regularly
In order to promote safe rigging habits, the most common hazards associated with these products will be outlined. However, it is impossible to address all possible dangers, misappropriations and circumstance that may arise.
WORKING LOAD LIMIT
This term will be used throughout this catalog. There are however, other terms used in the industry which are applicable and are interchangeable with the term Working load Limit. These may be WLL, SWL, Safe Working Load, Rated Load Value, Resulting Safe Working Load, Rated Capacity. Never exceed the Working Load Limit.
The Working Load Limit is the maximum load which should ever be applied to any product even when the product is new and when the load is uniformly applied-straight line pull only. Avoid Side Loading. All catalog ratings are based upon usual environmental conditions, and consideration must be given to the unusual conditions such as extreme high or low temperatures, chemical solutions or vapors, prolonged immersion in salt water, etc. Such conditions or high risk applications may necessitate reducing the Working Load Limit. Working Load Limit will not apply if the product has been welded or otherwise modified.
MATCHING OF COMPONENTS
Components must match. Make certain that components such as hooks, links or shackles, etc. used with wire rope (or chain or cordage) are of suitable material size and strength to provide adequate safety protection. Attachments must be properly installed and must have the Working Load Limit at least equal to the product with which they are used. Remember: Any chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
Keep out from under a raised load. Take special notice of the recommendations issued by the National Safety Council Accident Prevention Manual concerning all lifting operations:
- “All employees working cranes or hoists or assisting in hooking or arranging a load should be instructed to keep out from under the load. For a safety standpoint, on factor is paramount: Conduct all lifting operations in such a manner, that if there were an equipment failure, no personnel would be injured. This means keep out form under a raised load and keep out of the line of force of any load.”
Do not operate a load over people. Do not ride on load.
Avoid impacting, jerking or swinging of load as the Working Load Limit could be exceeded and the Working Load Limit will not apply. A shock load is generally significantly greater than the static load. Avoid shock loads.