Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards/chain falls/come alongs
Expert: Robert Tipton, CSP - 1/25/2013
Question hello, im a new safety guy for this construction company and was asked some questions in the field but didn't know the answer and like always when i cant answer them i try to dig up the answers. have been on the osha web site looking and just cant seem to find it or looking in wrong place.. Questions were about using a chain fall or come along to level a load while it was being lifted by a crane to be put in place was just wondering which regulations discussed facts about these situations. If you could give a direction on where to look would greatly appreciate it thank you!!
Answer Chris great question and welcome to the world of construction safety where every scenario encountered at a construction site doesn't have a specific standard. First and foremost, 29 CFR 1926.251 would be the first area I would research on devices used in conjunction with material handling that you mentioned. I would also investigate 29CFR1926.753 for steel erection hoisting and rigging. If you are asking if there are specific standards that apply to chain falls and/or come along, then the answer is that there are no specific OSHA standards that specifically address them. Whenever they are used in conjunction with a lift for positioning and/or balance they must be capable of supporting the load intended. Typically used in conjunction with a crane and a lifting device as you stated they are loaded laterally. I wish there was a specific standard I could point to and tell you there in lies the answer. If you have further questions or need any additional information, do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks
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