If you have ever had to transport items, then you have likely heard of lashing equipment. However, you may not be aware of the advantages and safety precautions to take when using lashing chains and lashing points.
This article will highlight what the different variations are, briefly outline chains and points, the safety precautions to take when using this equipment, and the advantages these can have for your company.
If at any point during the article you are wondering how any of these discussed topics can help you, please contact a member of our LES USA team, who are more than happy to help guide you through your options.
WHAT IS LASHING EQUIPMENT?
Arguably the most important information for you to know about this handy piece of equipment is that it's versatile with a range of applications due to the different variations. Now, it's key to highlight to you that there are several different versions. However, this article is going to concentrate primarily on telling you all about the chain's version.
Ratchet straps are also another type of this equipment. To find out more about them you can read our article titled 'What are ratchet straps: here’s everything you need to know' where we give you a detailed breakdown of how they can help you.
Chains can be great for you to use as they are ideal for sharp or awkward loads unlike webbing slings and other types of securing equipment. This is because these slings are more likely to rip and get damaged easily. The chains are made from alloy steel meaning they are stronger making them a better alternative for heavy loads. You will find that these chains are commonly used to secure extremely heavy loads especially loads that do not have a stretch margin.
These chains come in a range of sizes and you can pick the length of chain that is ideal for your load. You can expect to be able to use chains in various industries such as jobs on the road, railway, or at sea. This means they are ideal for most transporting jobs that you and your team might have at hand and can be used on jobs across various sectors.
Along with the chains, you can also have points. Points can be fitted to allow for more stability when transporting the load. You can use the floor, wall, or doors to fit them. These are an ideal way of increasing the stability of your load and avoids the load from slipping which could cause injury or damage to the area or people around you.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR USING
IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO ENSURE YOU AND YOUR WORKERS STAY SAFE AT ALL TIMES AND THE TEAM AT LES USA ALWAYS WANTS TO SEE THAT ITS VALUED CUSTOMERS ARE USING THE EQUIPMENT CORRECTLY. THIS IS WHY WE'VE LISTED FOR YOU BELOW A NUMBER OF ASPECTS TO REMEMBER AND CONSIDER WHEN USING EITHER CHAINS OR POINTS.
An overarching consideration to all the points above is to know that chains can vary in length and each chain does have a different capacity. For this reason, we always ask that you check the specification before purchasing to ensure you have the model you require.
Of course, if you do have any questions about using this equipment or want to understand what specification models you might need, please get in touch with a member of the LES USA team who can support you with the correct advice for your particular requirements.
- Please inspect your chains before use. This is because there could be damage to one of the chain links which could cause the load to slip or fall.
- Calculate the force(s) required for the chosen method and please do not go over the chain's capacity, since this could result in damage to the load or injury.
- Ensure the points on the vehicle and/or load are of adequate strength.
- ensure your points are in a prime position and secure for its lifting process.
- Protect your chain from damage by keeping them in a dry and secure area.
- Ensure the chains are correctly tensioned.
- Exercise care when releasing the chain in case the load has become unstable.
ADVANTAGES TO USING LASHING EQUIPMENT
The main advantage of using chains and points is that they ensure a safe and secure lifting process. You can put all your faith into the chains since they are strong and can withstand the heaviest of loads.
Other types of lifting slings cannot withstand such heavy loads and can rip easily if the load is sharp or awkward to lift.
Chains do not have this issue.
Additionally, chains are corrosion resistant and can be used in all different types of weather. This means this piece of equipment is ideal for almost any industry and can be used outside if required. However, we always recommend that you store the chains in a cool dry space.
You can also add more chains or points for extra security which is always beneficial since it will give you peace of mind when lifting expensive machinery or other expensive heavy-duty items.
DO YOU NEED LASHING EQUIPMENT?
So, how do you feel about answering questions on lashing equipment if you get asked? Hopefully, we've given you a number of insights to help you with your answer and give more of an idea as to if this is a piece of equipment you and your team need.
What we haven't done is look at if you need this equipment for your business. If you would like to discuss how this equipment can help your specific challenge or need any further information, please contact a member of our experienced team at LES USA who will be able to find the right solution for you.