Occupational (OSHA) and Environmental Hazards/chain falls/come alongs


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!!

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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Robert Tipton, CSP


I can answer questions regarding OSHA general industry and construction compliance, industrial hygiene, workers compensation, general safety issues, Lockout/Tag-out, Power Press safety, Laser Safety, Ergonomics and Fire safety.


I have worked over 5 years in the insurance industry conducting loss prevention services, worked two years as an OSHA Safety Compliance Officer, over 15 years in manufacturing as a safety professional.

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Bachelor of Science degree in Safety Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania Certified Safety Professional, CSP by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for over ten years.

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