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The Old Welder Comics shop tips safety and shop stories by Frank Tabor

Lifting a Heavy Load two workers comment on the strain on the hook as sweating

"Boy! Is that load heavy! Look at the beads of sweat on that hook!"

Crane hooks used to be designed so that opening side was parallel to the back and if overloaded you could easily tell by the sprung hook. Today it is common to use overrated hooks on cranes but on high strength chains the spring open rule holds.

The two signs that a chain has been overloaded and should be scraped (or used for decorative purposes) are 1) the hook sprung so that the front of the opening is no longer parallel to the back of the opening, 2) the chain links have been stretched straight (no longer have slightly rounded sides) and/or are tight to pivot the links. These are chains that have been loaded to very near breaking and should be scraped.

The last thing to look for in old chain is wear. Chains wear at the contact surfaces and can become very thin. Any noticable wear is usually a sign to replace the chain.

Moving Loads, Rigging and Safety

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Man turned away holding his privates, vise laughing.

"Gotcha!"    SCORE: Evil Vise (2) Nuts (0)

Vise handles provide three serious hazards.
  1. Swinging loose and striking one standing beside the vise.
  2. Pinched fingers or web between thumb and forefinger especially when handle drops.
  3. Locked handles (when not in use) being an obstruction hazzard.
Nothing can protect one from a swinging vise handle other than being careful where one stands and try not to let the handle swing loose. Pinching (and noise) can be reduced by placing two rubber electrical bushings (rubber grommets) on the shank of the handle under the knobs. Prior to doing this the hole in the vise screw should be dressed with a file if there is a sharp upset edge. The rubber bushing will also prevent further upsetting of the hole edge. - guru

A locked handle is a simple problem, don't tighten it when not in use. Bumping against a loose handle is less a problem than bumping against a tightened handle. - Tom H.

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