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    Leading Causes of Accidents When Lifting Heavy Loads

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Thanks to advances in industrial lifting attachments and technologies, it is now possible to lift incredibly heavy loads across a number of different industries and for virtually every application imaginable. But just because modern lifting attachments and technologies have made lifting safer and more efficient, that doesn’t mean that accidents don’t happen. Fortunately, most of these accidents can be avoided. 

    To help keep your worksite safe and your workforce healthy, here is an overview of some of the leading causes of accidents when lifting heavy loads:

    • Human Error

    Human error is one of the leading causes of industrial lifting accidents. Some of the leading causes of operational and judgmental errors include increased complexity, human fatigue, insufficient planning, insufficient training, lack of communication, and rushed operating under tight deadlines. 

    • Failed Safety Equipment

    Lifting heavy loads requires a vast network of safety equipment. While most safety equipment is redundant, meaning one failure will not compromise the whole lift, some equipment must remain intact in order for the lift to be safely completed. Ratchet tensioners, for example, can negatively affect the lift in the event that they brake or fail.  

    • Broken Lifting Chains

    In cases where a lifting accident has been the result of broken lifting chains, there are typically two potential causes behind the chains’ failure: embrittlement or exceeding the working load limit. As for the first cause, RUD round steel link chains are specially hardened and tempered to be less sensitive to hydrogen embrittlement, ensuring safer and more effective lifting.  

    • Broken Eye Bolts

    While standard eye bolts have been an integral component in the evolution of lifting techniques and technologies, they have also been one of the major culprits behind industrial lifting accidents. Unlike standard eye bolts, RUD swivel eye bolts are capable of twisting and rotating without breaking or coming loose from the payload.

    If you want to keep your employees safe and your loads secure, contact RUD Chain, Inc. at (319) 294-0001. RUD is a leading manufacturer of high-quality steel link chains and lifting attachments, including hoist rings and swivel eye bolts. All of our products are carefully designed and manufactured for maximum service life and maximum efficiency. 

    Highlighting RUD's PowerPoint Hoist Connection

    Last updated 2 years ago

    With a double-ball bearing for jerk-free turning, swiveling, and tilting, the RUD PowerPoint hoist connection is designed to prevent any damage to the load during a lift. Even under full load, the PowerPoint lifting point can be turned in a 90 degree position from the bolt center line. The PowerPoint lifting point also comes with a universal connection for all slinging means, including hook and ring assemblies, endless slings, round slings, loops, and more. To see the PowerPoint lifting point in action, take a look at this video. 

    The PowerPoint lineup features various lifting point apparatuses, ranging from Cobra Eye sling hooks to VIP chain connections. To find the right PowerPoint lifting point for you, visit our website or dial (319) 294-0001. RUD Chain, Inc. also offers a wide range of lifting attachments to satisfy all of your industrial lifting needs.  

    Highlighting RUD's StarPoint Swivel Eye Bolts

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Eye bolts are an essential heavy lifting component used in many different industries. Unfortunately, side loading and rotation can compromise traditional eye bolt strength. Luckily, this problem doesn’t exist with RUD’s StarPoint swivel eye bolts. These bolts are designed with a swiveling head that accommodates weight shifting during lifting so your load is secure and your worksite is safe. 

    RUD’s swivel eye bolts are the perfect solution to the unsafe and rigid style eye bolt traditionally used in the material handling and manufacturing industries. Swivel eye bolts are the ideal alternative to standard eye bolts for a number of reasons, including:

    • Multiple Lifting Positions

    Standard eye bolts require a very specific lifting point and direction of pull. Essentially, they are designed for use with vertical and symmetrical lifts only. Because of these limitations, standard eye bolts present a safety hazard. By contrast, RUD swivel eye bolts adapt and adjust to the direction of the load lift. This allows for a constant, undiminished working load limit.

    • Free Rotating

    Standard eye bolts have only one lifting position and can easily be twisted out of position during the lift. This motion causes the shoulder to come out of contact with the piece of material, creating a potentially dangerous lift. RUD swivel eye bolts, on the other hand, will turn 360 degrees without disengaging from the payload.

    • Automatic Position Recovery

    Unlike standard eye bolts, RUD swivel eye bolts will automatically adjust to the direction of the pull. This means that the lifting point can engage in virtually any position. This safer lifting technique means a reduced risk of damage to the load you are lifting and a reduced risk of personal injury to your employees.

    The bottom line is that RUD swivel eye bolts are the best solution for any lifting job. Our swivel eye bolts have working load limits ranging from 100 kg to 12 tonnes (220 lbs to 24640  lbs). To find the right swivel eye bolt for your specific lifting needs, contact RUD Chain, Inc. at (319) 294-0001. 

    Do You Need More Information on Rigging Equipment Safety?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Click on the links below to learn more about safe winter driving, tire chains, and rigging equipment safety. 

    • For tips on how to properly use tire chains, read this article from
    • Here’s a great article from on how to properly install traditional tire chains.
    • Visit this page from OSHA for regulations on rigging equipment inspections.
    • Before embarking on a long winter drive, make sure you follow these winter driving tips from
    • To learn about basic rigging preparation and personnel responsibilities, visit this page from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
    • Are you a semi-truck driver? Then you’ll be interested in reading this page from on how to stay safe while driving on snow and ice.

    For high-quality chain products, including tire chains, lifting attachments, and hoist rings, contact RUD Chain, Inc. at (319) 294-0001.

    Why Annual Rigging Equipment Inspections are Vital

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Your rigging and hoisting equipment is constantly under a great deal of stress and pressure during day-to-day operations. Ensuring that your equipment is in great shape is not only important to getting the job done, but is also necessary to ensure the safety of your crew, cargo, and equipment. Thorough annual inspections of rigging equipment will help you identify rigging issues before they arise.

    According to SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University, there are several elements of a rigging system require annual inspection by a hoisting and rigging inspector or other qualified person. These components include all cranes, hoists, and other lifting devices; below-the-hook lifting devices; chain and synthetic slings; wire rope; and all rigging hooks and hardware.

    These inspections are designed to ensure that your rigging equipment is in proper working condition. Rigging components that are not in good shape should be replaced as soon as possible to avoid the dangers associated with breakage during rigging.

    Other parts of your rigging setup should be inspected prior to use before each shift. For example, each component of your rigging system should have legible identification markings that display the workload. Equipment such as hooks, clamps, and other lifting attachments should be tested before used, especially if they’ll be used at capacity. Chains should also be inspected to ensure that links are not overly worn.

    Ideally, every piece of equipment will be inspected before the workday begins. However, using high-strength lifting attachments and chain products from RUD Chain, Inc. can give you the peace of mind necessary to accomplish your goals and finish the work day safely.

    For the very best chains, lifting attachments, and rigging equipment available, contact RUD Chain, Inc. Learn more about our rigging attachments, tire chains, and other high quality products by visiting us online or by calling (319) 294-0001.

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