Safely Using Wire Grips in Tandem

Safely Using Wire Grips in Tandem

In the power and utility industry, there are some distribution and transmission applications that require linemen to use two wire grips in tandem. One application where this may be necessary is when you need to ensure the safe working load of a single grip is not exceeded. When using two grips together, the grips will …

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Crane and Hoist Safety: The Dangers of Side Pulling

Crane and Hoist Safety: The Dangers of Side Pulling

Overhead lifting operations are a necessary activity in workplaces around the globe. The ability to lift and move material safely is critical to the success of many businesses. Failure to follow safe lifting practices can lead to serious personal injury and cause damage to equipment and facilities. While there are many aspects to safe lifting …

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How to Safely Splice and Dead-End Wires in Utility Applications

How to Safely Splice and Dead-End Wires in Utility Applications

Whether dead-ending or splicing lines, safety is of utmost importance. To ensure you are using products correctly while performing these activities, we suggest following the procedures below: Dead-Ending Wire To begin, arrange your ratchet lever hoist and wire grip as shown in Figure 1. Use shackle connections where necessary. Tension the strap hoist until the …

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Top 10 Workplace Safety Tips For All Employees

Top 10 Workplace Safety Tips For All Employees

A safe working environment is important to everyone, regardless of the company, industry or job. To kick off the new year, here are the Top 10 Workplace Safety Tips for all employees: Be Aware of Your Surroundings: Know the particular hazards of the workspace to avoid potentially hazardous situations. Keep Correct Posture To Protect Your …

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How to Clean, Lubricate and Inspect Your Wire Grips

How to Clean, Lubricate and Inspect Your Wire Grips

To keep your wire grips in good working condition, it’s important that you properly clean, lubricate and inspect your wire grips on a regular basis. This will help prevent issues and potential accidents out in the field. Follow the procedures below to ensure your grips are properly cared for. Cleaning and Lubrication Step 1: Clean …

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How to Properly Inspect Your Lever Strap Hoist

How to Properly Inspect Your Lever Strap Hoist

When it comes to lever hoists, utility professionals rely on a variety of different hoists to get the job done. One of the most popular hoists for utility applications is the lever strap hoist. When using a lever strap hoist, it’s important to inspect it regularly to prevent accidents or product failures. These inspections are …

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4 Steps to Select the Right Wire Grip for Your Application

4 Steps to Select the Right Wire Grip for Your Application

When working with wire in utility applications, safety is of utmost importance. That’s why it’s critical to choose the correct wire grip for the task at hand. Here are four steps to help you choose the best grip for your application. Step 1: Determine what type of wire is being used. What wire size are …

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Chain Sling Wear and Stretch: Are They the Same?

Chain Sling Wear and Stretch: Are They the Same?

Frédéric, a mechanical engineer for the auxiliary equipment unit of a Canadian public utility company and recent safety webinar attendee, asked the following question about chain sling wear: “You said a sling should be removed from service if it stretches. But, you also said that 10% of wear is permissible. Does this mean that a stretch of …

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Yale Hoist Used in Raising of Hazelmere Dam Wall in South Africa

Yale Hoist Used in Raising of Hazelmere Dam Wall in South Africa

Last year, the North Coast Region of South Africa experienced a drought that exposed the inadequacies of the region’s current water storage. As part of an intervention to address this issue and the growing demands of the North Coast Region, the Department of Water Affairs decided to look at ways to improve the dam located on the Mdloti River. …

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When Your Chain Sling Tag is Missing

When Your Chain Sling Tag is Missing

Norris, a CMCO distributor sales representative, and recent safety webinar attendee, asked the following question about chain sling inspection: If the tag is missing upon inspection, can the chain sling be retagged for service without knowing the original sling length? Henry Brozyna, CMCO trainer and safety webinar presenter, answers: No. If the chain sling tag is missing, …

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