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The Important Difference Between Load Binding Transport Chain and Lifting Chain

     There are a number of important factors to consider when using chain to lift a given obstacle. Shiny, gold, Grade 70 Transport chain is intended for load binding only. This chain is used to hold heavy items down to a flatbed truck and the gold-chromate finish as well as the carbon-steel construction makes this chain easy to spot and more difficult to break. 



     With this said, this chain should not be used for lifting unless it has been fabricated by a sling manufacturer and the manufacturer is required to follow guidelines for fabrication. ASME and/or ASTM standards must be followed and they require that either grade 80 or 100 chain be used in sling fabrication, due to the alloy steel construction and its ability to elongate when overloaded as opposed to snapping suddenly. The manufacturer will also have to put a tag on the chain sling that indicates what maximum load or Working Load Limit can be safely applied to the sling, making it easier for end users to know the limitations.

     When lifting any objects off of the ground, the weight of said object as well as the capacities of the lifting device and rigging must all be known before making the lift. This important guideline is something that the Northern Strands' Training Division focus on in the Below the Hook Rigging training. Sections 208 and 209 of the Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulations refer to this concept directly as well.

     When in doubt about whether to lift a load with a certain chain or not ask yourself this question: Does the chain have a tag on it indicating its Working Load Limit?

If yes – there are a number of other questions you should ask yourself after this to determine that all of the parameters  related to the lift are safe.

If no – do not attempt the lift and look for an alternative solution.


     When performing any sort of lift whatsoever, it is important that workers are trained in safe rigging practices and that they are competently supervised. Whether you are an employee or an employer, feel free to contact Northern Strands about our various Safety Courses and our Below the Hook Rigging Seminars.


For more information about Below the Hook Rigging Seminars click hereHook Rigging Seminars

For more information about all Safety Training Courses click here: Safety Training Courses


Northern Strands Training Division Contact Information

Email: training@northernstrands.com

Phone: 306-242-7073


Need a Sling Ratings Chart?

Being a company that specializes in rigging, we are often asked for working load limits for wire rope slings, synthetic slings, chain slings and polyester round slings.   We have attached a Sling Ratings Chart for the convenience of our valued customers.

Sling Ratings Chart.pdf (324.61 kb)

Trivia:  Did you know that Northern Strands is the largest supplier of wire rope and rigging in Saskatchewan?

 

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

 

Northern Strands recieves accolades for excellent service!

Recently the company, "Concept Group" had round slings made for them by Northern Strands.  Soon after, Concept Group sent an email praising Northern Strands service and knowledge .

Here is the portion of that email discussing our service.

“One of our guys was in earlier today to purchase 20 slings from you folks.  By the way he says you were very knowledgeable and fantastic to work/deal with.”

Thank you Concept Group for your high praise of our knowledgeable employees!  Northern Strands Warehouse proudly employees some of the most technically trained and knowledgeable employees in the industry.

Northern Strands Warehouse/Rigging Division

Our Capabilities:
• Northern Strands has Saskatchewan’s largest inventory of
  wire rope available from 1/16” to 2” in standard sizes and
  5.5mm to 26mm in metric sizes.
• Large selection of rigging products.
• Distributor for some of the largest world class
  manufacturers in our industry including The Crosby
  Group, Gunnebo Johnson, Thern, Unitex and Vitali.
Crane rope inspections.
• Assistance in the development of rigging and lifting
  plans for your job.
• Technically trained sales staff. We have the answers to
  your questions.
Certificate of compliance for rigging products. Safe and
  approved for every job.
• Custom built products. i.e. material baskets, chain and
  wire rope slings, etc.
Vertical and horizontal test bed services.

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

 

 

 

Did you know that Northern Strands is the largest supplier of wire rope and rigging in Saskatchewan?

Northern Strands Rigging Division is a full-service facility operating out of Saskatoon and Regina with the ability to fabricate custom chain and wire rope slings up to 1-1/2”. We have a vast inventory of synthetic lifting slings, chain hoists, lever hoists, shackles, trolleys, winches ,tuggers , and other general rigging hardware. Our network of suppliers and in-house expertise is leveraged for the benefit of our customers.

Capabilities:

  • Northern Strands has Saskatchewan’s largest inventory of
    wire rope available from 1/16” to 2” in standard sizes and
    5.5mm to 26mm in metric sizes.
  • Large selection of rigging products.
  • Distributor for some of the largest world class
    manufacturers in our industry including The Crosby
    Group, Gunnebo Johnson, Thern, Unitex and Vitali.
  • Crane rope inspections.
  • Assistance in the development of rigging and lifting
    plans for your job.
  • Technically trained sales staff. We have the answers to
    your questions.
  • Certificate of compliance for rigging products. Safe and
    approved for every job.
  • Custom built products. i.e. material baskets, chain and
    wire rope slings, etc.
  • Vertical and horizontal test bed services.

Here is the link to our Rigging webpage on the Northern Strands website:

http://www.northernstrands.com/wire-rope-rigging.aspx 

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

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