When using choker hitches, do not force the eye
down towards the load once tension is applied. Wire
rope damage is the invariable result (fig. 1-19).
Whenever two or more wire rope eyes must be
placed over a hook, install a shackle on the hook with
the shackle pin resting in the hook and hook the wire
rope eyes to the shackle. This will prevent the spread of
the sling legs from opening up the hook and also prevent
the eyes from damaging each other when under load
The following procedures and precautions should
be observed whenever loads are to be handled:
Rig all loads to prevent the dislodgement of any
Load and secure materials and equipment being
part Suspended loads should be securely slung and
hoisted to prevent any movement that could create a
Keep the load under control at all times. Where
necessary by the rotation, use one or more guide wire
ropes or tag lines to prevent the rotation or uncontrolled
motion (fig. 1-21).
Land all loads safely and block them properly
before unhooking and unslinging them (fig. 1-22).
Never wrap the hoist wire rope around the load
Attach the load to the hook by slings or other rigging
devices that are adequate for the load being lifted.
Bring the load line over the center of gravity of
load before starting the lift.
properly balanced before they are set in motion.
hazard in transit.
Figure 1-19.Proper position of choker hitches for lifting.