When deciding on whether to use a hook latch or not, careful consideration must be given to the specific lifting application. The usage of latches on hooks is a topic that is constantly up for debate in the lifting and rigging industries. While some people argue that hook latches are always required and should always be utilized, others argue that latches are not required.
Unfortunately, there are limited explanations or interpretations of when a latch on a hook must be utilized. With no clear industry-wide rules on whether a hook latch is required on a crane hook or a sling hook, the decision is ultimately left up to the owner or end-user.
Sail Rigging recommends that hook latches should be used.Any hook that is designed to have a latch, should have the latch installed. New slings are sold with the latch installed unless the customer requests no latch.
If customers make an inquiry about the use of a latch on a hook, we may recommend for them to consider several OSHA standard interpretations.
We advise that the end user must evaluate the work activity with regards to the safety of their employees. If the activity makes the use of the latch impractical, unnecessary, or more dangerous, then the end user may choose to eliminate the latch. It is also recommended that each lifting activity is considered independently as far as the use of a hook latch is concerned.
Finally, it’s good idea to use a hook with latch, contact Qingdao Sail Rigging freely if any interest about lifting hook.