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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


Northern Strands Provides Customers With The Highest Quality Equipment by Offering Award Winning Vitali-International Chain and Lever Hoists

Northern Strands is committed to providing customers with the highest quality products in the wire rope and rigging industry. Vitali International offers easy to use chain and lever hoists while maintaining the highest quality, continual innovation & testing, and affordable prices. 

The opening of a new factory in Haining Suburb near Hangzhou in 2017 has allowed Vitali International to continue to offer quality products worldwide. Committed to ongoing improvement, quality insurance, and technological expertise, Vitali International has been awarded China's National Brand Award from CCTV in the lifting equipment industry. Additionally, Vitali is devoted to improved heat treatment processes. Compared to other factories with heat treatment processes of around 50 to 60 degrees Celsius, Vitali International has reduced their heat treatment processes from 880 to 45 degrees Celsius. 

Northern Strands is proud to offer customers Vitali International chain and lever hoists at an affordable price with ensured quality. 

For more information on the Vitali International chain and lever hoists that Northern Strands offers, click here.

Northern Strands

3235 Millar Ave, Saskatoon SK, S7K 5Y3

306-242-7073

info@northernstrands.com 


Did You Know Northern Strands Offers Both Flattened Strand and Non-Rotating in Different Lengths and Diameters?

There are new reduced prices on Northern Strands' Flattened Strand and Non-Rotating in a variety of diameters and lengths. Contact us for details on the reduced prices on Flattened Strand, Fiber Core, Galvanized, Poly Core, Non-Rotating, Compacted, Plastic Encased Core, and the many other constructions available! 

To view the brochure with the Wire Ropes available, please click the following link: Wire Rope Reduced Prices.pdf (3MB)

Northern Strands has Saskatchewan's largest inventory of wire rope available. Northern Strands has a large selection of rigging products and is is a distributor for some of the largest world class manufacturers in the industry including The Crosby Group, Gunnebo Johnson, Thern, Unitex, Vitali International and more

3235 Millar Ave
Saskatoon SK S7K 573
306-242-7073
sales@northernstrands.com