beam clamp, girder beam clamp, adjustable
beam clamp, superclamp, push and gear trolley,
•Store and handle beam clamps correctly.
•Inspect beam clamps and accessories before use and before placing
•Ensure the supporting structure is adequate for the
full load that will be imposed and suitable for the application.
•Check the clamp is of the correct profile and size, or correctly
adjusted, for the beam width and that it seats correctly on the
•Ensure the beam clamp is strong enough for the full load
that will be imposed.
•Check that the clamp is directly over the
centre of gravity of the load.
beam clamps which are unidentified or uncertified for lifting
•Never replace bolts, shackles etc without consulting
• Throw or drop beam clamps.
• Use beam clamps on
damaged or distorted beams.
•Force or wedge hooks of lifting
appliances into the attachment eye or fitting (eg shackle).
•Obliquely load beam clamps without the authority of the supplier.
Selecting the Correct Beam Clamp
are available in a range of capacities and designs. They may be
adjustable or of fixed size, have scissor
action, screw locking or
bolt clamp fixing and be suitable for temporary or permanent
applications. Select the beam clamp to
be used and plan the lift
taking the following into account:
Type of clamp -
adjustable/non-adjustable - scissor, screw or bolt action.
and beam size or range of beam sizes.
Suitability of the beam.
Type of lifting appliance to be used.
If application is temporary or
NOTE: Beam clamps are generally intended for
attachment to overhead beams to act as suspension points for lifting
appliances. Some designs are suitable for attachment to the load to
provide a lifting point. The supplier should be consulted
applications which are excluded from these instructions.
Storing and Handling Beam Clamps
Never return damaged beam
clamps to storage. They should be dry, clean and protected from
corrosion. Where necessary
fasteners should be reassembled
immediately after removal from the beam.
Beam clamps should not be
dropped or thrown down.
Using Beam Clamps Safely
The safe use of beam clamps will largely be governed by the
requirements for the lifting appliance with which it is to be used
but should take the following matters into account:
Do not use
defective beam clamps, lifting appliances or accessories.
structure from which the clamp is to be suspended is undamaged and is
adequate for the full load that will be
imposed. If any doubt exists
consult a Competent Person to confirm suitability.
Ensure the clamp
is suitable for the application, correct size and profile for the beam
and seats correctly. It must not cause
Ensure the lifting appliance is compatible with the clamp and that hooks
or other attachments fit freely into the eye, shackle
etc of the
The clamp must be positioned directly over the centre of
gravity of the load and the load must not be allowed to swing or impose
an oblique loading.
If two clamps are to be used in tandem the use
of ancillary equipment may also be necessary, eg spreader beam. Care
must be taken to ensure no one clamp takes more than its SWL.
In-service Inspection and Maintenance
should be cleaned and any moving parts lubricated at appropriate
intervals unless the suppliers specific
Regularly inspect the beam clamp, in the event of the
following defects refer the clamp to a Competent Person for thorough
examination: wear, damage or distortion, cracks, insecure bolts etc,
corrosion, illegible markings.