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• Store and handle chain blocks correctly.
• Inspect chain blocks and accessories before use and before placing into
• For top hook suspension, use hooks that are fitted with safety catches, or
mouse the hook, ensuring the support fits freely
into the seat of the hook.
• For trolley suspension ensure the trolley is correctly set for the beam
• Check that the bottom hook will reach its lowest point without running the
chain fully out.
• Adopt safe slinging practices and follow the instructions for the safe use
of the equipment used.
• Expose chain blocks to chemicals, particularly acids, without consulting
• Replace the load chain with a longer one without consulting the supplier.
• Use undue effort to force the block to operate.
• Throw, drop or drag a chain block.
• Allow oil or grease to come into contact with the brake.
• Expose a chain block directly to the elements, water spray, steam etc
without consulting the supplier.
Selecting the Correct Block
Hand chain blocks are available in a range of capacities and with various
types of suspension. Select the block to be used
and plan the lift taking the following into account:
Type of suspension - hook, trolley etc.
Capacity, class of use and range of lift.
Chain blocks are designed for vertical lifting only.
Consult the supplier if the block is to be used in areas of high risk,
exposed to the elements, water, steam etc, with hazardous substances, e.g.
acids or chemicals, or subjected to extremes of temperature.
Storing and Handling Hand Chain Blocks
Never return damaged blocks to storage. They should be dry, clean and
protected from corrosion.
Store blocks by their top suspension with chains clear of the ground, the
chains may be wrapped together to facilitate this.
Non-portable blocks stored outdoors should be covered and protected from
Blocks should not be dropped, thrown or dragged across the floor.
Never galvanise or subject the chain, or other load bearing parts, to any
other plating process without the express approval of the supplier.
Installing and Commissioning
Follow any specific installation instructions issued by the supplier and the
general requirements given overleaf. Try the
block to ensure that it operates correctly and that the brake is effective.
Ensure the chain is not twisted; it must move freely.
The bottom hook must reach the lowest position required without the chain
running fully out.
Using Hand Chain Blocks Safely
Do not attempt lifting operations unless you understand the use of the
equipment and the slinging procedures.
Do not use defective blocks, slings or accessories and never use the block
chain as a sling.
Check the slinging arrangement, that the block is safely rigged and that
chains are not twisted, particularly in the case of
Check the load is free to move before commencing and that the landing area
has been prepared.
Raise the load just clear, then halt the lift to check the integrity of the
block, slinging method etc.
Check the travel path is clear and that you have a clear view so as to avoid
accidental hook engagement or collision. Follow
any particular site safety rules applicable to the movement of suspended
Keep fingers, toes etc clear when lowering loads.
In-service Inspection and Maintenance
Follow any specific maintenance instructions issued by the supplier but in
particular keep load chains lubricated and
check the operation of the brake. Brakes must be kept free of oil, grease
etc. Never replace the load chain with a longer
one without consulting the supplier.
Regularly inspect the block and, in the event of the following defects,
refer the block to a Competent Person for thorough
examination: wear; damage to trolley, hooks and fittings; damaged or
distorted slack end anchor; chains worn, bent,
notched, stretched, corroded, do not hang freely, twisted or jump; load
slips or will not lift; damaged block casing; illegible