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Stirrup Hook Lifting Recommendations



General Information: Stirrup hooks are most often designed for a specific use
and should not be used in operations that are not approved.
The user of the hooks should know the specific use and limitations
of each hook or set of hooks.

When lifting with Stirrup hooks one should ALWAYS:

  • Be used by a qualified person.
  • Inspect them before each use. 
  • Know the weight of the object being lifted.
  • Compare the working load limit of the hooks with the unit being lifted.
  • Know the center of gravity of the load.
  • Make sure the crane or hoist hook is above the center of gravity.
  • Insure the load is fully engaged in each hook.
  • Consider using tag lines.

When lifting with Stirrup hooks one should NEVER:

  • Use without knowing the working load limit.
  • Overload them.
  • Tip load them.
  • Pull sideway or pull at any angle less than 90 degrees.
  • Stand under or near the load.
  • Swing or move the load if it is unstable.
  • Use hooks that show wear or deformation.

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