Following are some useful tips to help the rigger do their job more efficiently and safely. Prevailing work rules and government regulations place full responsibility for proper performance upon the rigger, so it is his duty to be familiar with the condition and capability of all tools and equipment used, as well as techniques employed. One basic rule always applies: Always know, never guess! Each lift may be divided into three parts, providing a convenient plan for proceeding:

The Lifting Device

Know its capability and limitations, and its condition. When was it last inspected? If in doubt about capacity, check the placard.

The Hitch

Here is where the rigger can exercise ingenuity, but it's also the easiest place to make a mistake. Our Riggers Handbook can help you decide which sling to use, and how to rig it properly.

The Load

The weight must be known. But you must also protect the load from possible damage by the slings, and protect the slings from damage by the load.

Before you select a sling for a specific lift, determine the most effective hitch to do the job, protect the load, and protect the sling. One of three basic hitches will usually do the job. The type of hitch you select may determine the type of sling body that will best do the job, as well as the length of sling that will be needed. Lifting height, overhead clearance and hook travel will affect choice of hitch and length of sling.

Attaching a Sling to Eyebolts

Attaching a Sling to Eyebolts

When attaching a sling to eye bolts, always pull on line with the bolt axis. When hitching to bolts screwed into or attached to a load, a side pull may break the bolts.

Attaching a Sling to Eyebolts

Lifting Crates with a Basket Hitch

When lifting crates or wooden boxes with a basket hitch, be sure load can withstand side pressure as tension is applied to sling. Use spreader bars and corner protectors to prevent damage to contents.

Attaching a Sling to Eyebolts

Reducing the Angle of a Choke

You can reduce the angle of a choke with a wooden block, or blocks, between the hitch and the load. This also increases the angle between the two legs to improve sling efficiency.

Use a Tagline to Prevent Load Rotation

Use a Tagline to Prevent Load Rotation

Anytime a load is lifted beyond arm's reach with a single-part load line or straight eye and eye sling, use a tagline to prevent load rotation. If a wire rope is permitted to rotate, the strands may unlay and the rope's capacity will be reduced.

Selecting an Adequate Lifting Device

Is the Lifting Device Adequate?

Check the placard on the crane or hoist and then answer three questions:

  1. Is the capacity adequate for this lift?
  2. Will it lift high enough?
  3. Is horizontal reach adequate?
Choosing the Proper Sling Body

Proper Sling Body Selection

Choose a sling body type which will best support the load while providing adequate rated capacity. The proper choice will provide:

  1. Lifting capacity needed.
  2. Proper D/d ratio.
  3. Handling characteristics needed for rigging.
  4. Minimal damage to the sling.
  5. Minimal damage to the load.

Protecting Sling Body Against Excessive Distortion

Protecting Sling Body Against Excessive Distortion

Use a shackle in the sling eye during a choke to protect sling body against excessive distortion. Always put shackle pin through sling eye, rather than against the sling body since sliding movement of sling body could rotate pin, causing it to come loose.

Choke Hitch for Lifting Bundled Loads

Use a Choke Hitch When Lifting a Bundled Load

When lifting a bundled load with a single sling near the center of gravity, a choke is more effective than a basket hitch to prevent unbalance and slipping of the load in the sling.

Using Two Straight Slings as a Bridal

Rigging with Multiple Straight Slings

When rigging two or more straight slings as a bridle, select identical sling constructions of identical length with identical previous loading experience. Normal stretch must be the same for paired slings to avoid overloading individual legs and unbalancing the load during the lift.

Multiple Basket Hitches for Long Loads

Rigging with Multiple Basket Hitches

Two basket hitches can be rigged with two slings to provide better balance for long loads. Be sure that slings cannot slide toward one another along the load when the lift is made.

Checking the Hook and Reeving

Checking the Hook and Reeving

  1. Are the sheaves properly rigged? If multi-part reeving, will it support the load?
  2. Is the hook the right size so sling eye won't be distorted when put over the hook?
  3. Check for cracks in bowl of the hook, and for evidence of point loading or bending to one side.
Use a Spreader Bar to Prevent Excessive Side Pressure

Use a Spreader Bar to Prevent Excessive Side Pressure

Use a spreader bar between legs of a sling to prevent excessive side pressure on the load by the sling during the lift.

Use Padding to Protect Fragile Items

Use Padding to Protect Fragile Items

Use blocking or padding to protect hollow vessels, loose bundles and fragile items from scuffing and bending. Remember that blocking becomes part of the lift, and must be added to total weight on the sling

Double Wrap to Prevent Slippage

Double Wrap to Prevent Slippage

Some riggers will use a double wrap around the load, for 360° gripping of the load, to prevent slippage during the lift.

Do Not Allow Hand-Spliced Slings to Rotate

Hand-Spliced Slings Must Not Rotate in a Vertical Hitch

Single-part hand-spliced slings must not be permitted to rotate when rigged in a straight, vertical hitch. Rotation can cause the splice to unlay and pull out, resulting in dropping of the load.

An Equalizer Bar with Basket Hitches Keeps Loads Level

Keep Loads Level with an Equalizer Bar

Use an equalizing bar with double basket hitches to reduce tendency of slings to slide together, and to keep loads level. By adjusting the hook point and using a come-along or chain block to support the heavy end, the load can be kept level during the lift.

Proper Use of Cribbing

Proper Use of Cribbing

Updated August 22, 2018

Hanes Supply, Inc. is committed to ensuring your privacy is protected. Our Privacy Policy explains how your personal information is processed, stored and used. This Privacy Policy applies to all Hanes Supply, Inc. (“Hanes”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) websites and brands, and any other website or online service that links to this Policy (our “Service”).

By submitting your personal information to us, you are consenting to the collection and processing of your personal information in the United States and to our use of your personal information and any related information in the manner described in this Privacy Policy. If you are submitting personal information of third parties to us, you warrant and represent you have their consent to provide their personal information to us and you will indemnify us and hold us harmless from and against claims by such individuals relating to our processing and use of such personal information within the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Basic Privacy Principles:
The following "Basic Privacy Principles" apply throughout our entire enterprise, whether we gather information through our stores or our Web site. 

In order to provide the best possible customer service experience in your interactions with us, we collect:

We may disclose some of your personally identifiable information to one or more of our own service providers that we may use to fulfill services for you. We will reasonably assure that those service providers are obligated to maintain the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information, implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information, to protect the personal information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure, and only use or disclose it for the purposes we hire them for or law enforcement purposes. You may also disclose some of your personally identifiable information directly to one or more of our own service providers that we may use to fulfill services for you.

We may also disclose personally identifiable information to others if we are required to do so by law, to protect and defend the rights of Hanes Supply, Inc., or in the event of a corporate sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar event.

If you provide any personally identifiable information to us as part of a sweepstakes or contest entry, we may disclose such information to any third party service providers, sponsors or co-sponsors of the sweepstakes or contest. In that case, when you enter a contest or sweepstakes, you may become subject to the privacy policy of these parties in addition to this Privacy Policy.

The security of your personally identifiable information is important to us. Although we cannot guarantee against loss, misuse, alteration, unauthorized disclosure or destruction of data, we use commercially reasonable security measures to protect you from such occurrences. If necessary in accordance with the law, we will disclose to you any known or reasonably suspected breach in security involving your personally identifiable information.

This Privacy Policy is intended to comply with applicable United States laws and regulations, including the laws of particular states where our stores or customers are located. Our stores are located in the United States, all catalog orders are placed to our operators located in the United States, and our Web site is targeted only to residents of the United States. If you are not a resident of the United States, please note that our information gathering practices may not be compliant with your own country's laws and regulations, and you should not share your personally identifiable information with us unless you are willing and able to be subject to United States laws concerning such disclosures.

Store and Catalog Operations:
In addition to the Basic Privacy Principles discussed above, the following policies apply specifically to our Stores and our Catalog operations.

Our stores and catalog operations are available to you to discuss our products and services with a customer service representative, and you may place your orders through one of our customer service representative in the stores, or place a catalog order via postal mail or via telephone. When we take your order, we will obtain some of your personally identifiable information including your payment information. We will only use that personally identifiable information from your order for purposes concerning the fulfillment of your order. In doing so, your personally identifiable information from an order may be used or shared among our different offices, representatives or service providers such as the store, our catalog sales offices, our warehouses, our headquarters, the manufacturers of products you have purchased, the freight carriers used to deliver products to you, installers or designers we have engaged to assist with your order, or our credit card merchant banks or other bankers. We will share only that portion of your personally identifiable information with third parties that is reasonably required to fulfill your order, and those third parties will be contractually obligated to use the personally identifiable information only for order-fulfillment purposes.

We will comply with our credit card merchant banks' requirements for the use and storage of your credit card information, such as obligations concerning the security of your credit card numbers, as well as any laws that apply to that information's use and storage.

Web Site:
In addition to the Basic Privacy Principles discussed above, the following policies apply specifically to our Web site: (www.hanessupply.com).

Our Web site allows you to shop our catalog and place orders by use of an e-commerce system that may be provided, in whole or in part, by one or more third party e-commerce providers. The portions of our Web site that allow you to place an order by giving your personal information use industry standard encryption methods such as secure-socket layer ('HTTPS') technology to protect your information while in transit between your computer, our computers, and our third party e-commerce providers' systems.

Once your order has been received by us, we then process and fulfill your order using our normal catalog ordering system subject to the privacy policies described above. Our third party e-commerce providers are under contract with us to maintain the confidentiality and security of your sensitive personal information, and not to use it for any purpose other than assisting with the transactions in your own orders.

Our Web site gives you the option to create a personal account. To create an account, you will be asked to provide contact information and select a username and password. This personally identifiable information may be used to provide you with personal services from us. You may also use the account to use our online personalized features. However, other than when submitting an order to purchase from our Web site, submitting contact information and creating an account are strictly voluntary and are not required to use our Web site. To make it easy for repeat orders, we provide log-in customers with the ability to store their credit card information for future transactions. The credit card information is securely stored by our credit card gateway provider. Hanes Supply does not store this information.

Anonymous, non-personally identifiable information such as your IP address, domain server, type of computer or device, type of web browser, and addresses of referring site, also known as traffic data, may be collected and used for web analytics, to approximate a user's location, monitor fraudulent orders, and to diagnose problems with our server and administer our site. We may have functionality on our Web site that is provided, in whole or in part, by a third party service provider.

You can usually identify such third party functionality by the use of a trademark not owned by Hanes Supply, Inc. on or near the functionality. In that case, when you use that functionality, you become subject to the terms of use and privacy policy of this third party in addition to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use of our Web site. In some cases, you may need to visit that party's web site and locate the terms of use and privacy policy.

For example, we may use a third-party service to prevent robots from being able to crawl and spam our site. Within the site, you may be required to perform a simple “test” to submit information to us to confirm that you are a human and not a robot. This allows us to better protect the information you submit to us and allows our customer service team to focus on what matters most – servicing you.

We may also use cookies, pixel tags, action tags and similar tags to collect information. A cookie is a small data file that is placed on your computer when you visit a web site. A persistent cookie stores information so when you end a session visiting a web site and return to the same web site at a later date the cookie information is still available. Cookies and tags allow us to compile statistics and other information about how you use our site. We may use this data to personalize your Web shopping experience based on your prior visits to our Web site. We may also use this data to analyze trends and improve the usability of our site as well as to administer the site and gather broad demographic statistics. We may also share such non-personally identifiable information with third parties on an aggregate basis.

In addition, we may use third-party service providers to serve ads on our behalf across the Internet. They may collect anonymous information about your visits to our Web site, and your interaction with our products and services. They may use cookies and other online tools such as pixel tags, action tags and similar tags to serve ads and personalize your Web shopping experience based on your prior visits to our Web site. They may also use information about your visits to our Web site and other Web sites to target advertisements for products and services. This anonymous information is collected through the use of a cookie. No personally identifiable information is collected or used in this process.

These third-party service providers do not know your name, phone number, address, email address, or any other personally identifying information about you.

Our site responds to a web browser's block of persistent cookies by refraining from using our anonymous cookie.

Our site may contain links to other Internet web sites that we think you may find of interest. We are not responsible for the content of these sites, nor do we control, sponsor, endorse or approve them. Your use of those links is at your own risk.

We use Google Analytics cookies to collect information and track behavior anonymously that allows us to look at user trends without identifying individuals. You can opt-out of this by using the Google Network Advertising initiative opt-out or installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser extension here:  https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout


We are committed to the security of your personal information. We secure all information you provide to us on our own secure servers which are only accessible by you and hanesupply.com. Any external parties are denied access to your information. We use SSL encryption protocol and a secure credit card processor service to protect sensitive financial data during transactions. We continuously review our network security and compliance with the PCI DSS standard.

As a user of our website, you are a part of the Hanes Supply family. We rely on you to help us and the online community. If you suspect a personal data breach, please contact data.privacy@hanessupply.com or call 1-888-426-3755 immediately. If we find a data breach has occurred, we will take responsive action and notify users via in-site notification within 72 hours.

You can opt-out of receiving promotional emails from us by clicking “unsubscribe” at the bottom of the email, sending an email to data.privacy@hanessupply.com or calling us at 1-888-426-3755 and ask to have your information removed from our database and/or mailing list. Please note that you may still receive any mailings already in process when you make your request.

Google Analytics advertising: You can opt-out of this by using the Google Network Advertising initiative opt-out or installing the Google Analytics opt-out extension on your browser.

We honor do not track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track browser mechanism is in place. Some of the opt-out will be effective only if your browser is set to accept cookies. Deleting cookies, changing your browser settings, switching computers, browsers, or operating systems will make you have to opt-out again.

You have the right to request what personal information of yours we store in our database as well as request removal of your information. This information would include your name, address, phone number, and email. Personal information you have provided to us on our website can be changed, anonymized and deleted within the settings of your account page.

If you would like to ask for your information, please submit a request by email to data.privacy@hanessupply.com with "Privacy Information Request" in the subject line. You can also send the request by mail:

Hanes Supply Data Privacy
55 James E Casey Drive
Buffalo, NY 14206

Include your mailing address, state of residence, phone number and email so we can provide you with a response.


Hanessupply.com is not directed toward minors and doesn’t knowingly collect information from anyone under the age of 13-years old. If you are under the age of 13, please do not submit your personal information to our site. In the event that Hanes Supply Inc. does accidentally collect information, we will delete it as quick as possible.


Hanes Supply, Inc. reserves the right to modify or supplement this Privacy Policy at any time. If we do make changes, we will post changes on the Privacy Policy page on the website to ensure transparency to our users.