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How Well Do You Know the Basics of Lifting Slings & Rigging Hardware?

Wednesday, December 18th

Hardware care, use and inspection

  • Inspection frequency
  • Causes for removal of hardware during inspection
  • Fittings and wire rope terminations

  • Wire rope care, use and inspection

  • Components of wire rope
  • Causes for wire rope sling removal during inspection
  • ASME B30.9 wire rope sling removal criteria
  • Reverse and severe bending of wire rope slings
  • Securing unused legs of slings

  • Chain sling care, use and inspection

  • Chain sling care, use and inspection
  • Causes for chain sling removal during inspection
    Identification tags
  • Typical abuses of chain slings

  • Web sling & round sling care, use and inspection

  • Common types of synthetic slings
  • Web sling tags
  • Benefits of duraKlear™ tag (referencing ASME B30.9)
  • Causes for web sling removal during inspection
  • Causes for round sling removal during inspection
  • Twin-Path™ sling and benefits
  • Visual examples of out-of-service synthetic sling

  • Safe design and use of custom-made B-T-H lifting devices

  • What is a below-the-hook (BTH) lifting device (referencing ASME B30.20)
  • Types of BTH devices
  • Examples of “traditional devices”
  • Examples of “homemade devices”
  • Components and definitions of ASME B30.20 & ASME BTH-1 standards
  • Inspection and maintenance of BTH lifting devices

  • Speaker: Al Abel, Lifting Specialist, Mazzella Companies

    Al has been with Mazzella Companies since 1995 and has been instrumental in developing and expanding the company’s training programs and mentoring and developing other trainers within the organization. His background and experience as a retired high-school teacher in the Cleveland public school system has provided him with the tools and skills to connect with his classrooms, provide top-notch training, and present meaningful information tailored specifically to his audience.

    Abel, a Lifting Specialist with Mazzella Companies, was nominated and awarded 2018’s Corporate Top Trainer award by Crane Hot Line. The Top Trainer program presents an annual award to trainers in the lifting and rigging industry who excel at using innovative hands-on instruction, encourage peer or corporate accountability, demonstrate training success, and have a strong overall impact on students, the industry, or the environment.

    “Trainers deliver far-reaching benefits that improve the bottom line of an entire job site. Properly trained workers do their jobs more safely. That reduces costs for lost time, damages equipment, medical treatment, and insurance premiums,” says Crane Hot Line editor Mike Larson.

    Al is active in the lifting and rigging industry—frequently speaking at industry conferences about risk and lift planning. He’s also contributed articles to industry publications and appeared as a guest on the Portage County Safety Council’s podcast. Al is also very active in the local community—organizing quarterly Red Cross blood drives at Mazzella Companies, and volunteering at his church and at local fundraising events.

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