• Store and handle
chain blocks correctly.
• Inspect chain blocks and accessories
before use and before placing into storage.
• For top hook
suspension, use hooks that are fitted with safety catches, or mouse the
hook, ensuring the support fits freely into the seat of the hook.
For trolley suspension ensure the trolley is correctly set for the beam
• Check that the bottom hook will reach its lowest point
without running the chain fully out.
• Adopt safe slinging practices
and follow the instructions for the safe use of the equipment used.
• Expose chain blocks to chemicals,
particularly acids, without consulting the supplier.
• Replace the
load chain with a longer one without consulting the supplier.
undue effort to force the block to operate.
• Throw, drop or drag a
• Allow oil or grease to come into contact with the
• Expose a chain block directly to the elements, water spray,
steam etc without consulting the supplier.
Hand chain blocks are available in a range of
capacities and with various types of suspension. Select the block to be
used and plan the lift taking the following into account:
suspension - hook, trolley etc.
Capacity, class of use and range of
Chain blocks are designed for vertical lifting only.
Consult the supplier if the block is to be used in areas of high risk,
exposed to the elements, water, steam etc, with hazardous substances,
e.g. acids or chemicals, or subjected to extremes of temperature.
Storing and Handling Hand Chain Blocks
return damaged blocks to storage. They should be dry, clean and
protected from corrosion.
Store blocks by their top suspension with
chains clear of the ground, the chains may be wrapped together to
Non-portable blocks stored outdoors should be
covered and protected from corrosion.
Blocks should not be dropped,
thrown or dragged across the floor.
Never galvanise or subject the
chain, or other load bearing parts, to any other plating process without
the express approval of the supplier.
Follow any specific installation instructions
issued by the supplier and the general requirements given overleaf. Try
the block to ensure that it operates correctly and that the brake is
effective. Ensure the chain is not twisted; it must move freely.
bottom hook must reach the lowest position required without the chain
running fully out.
Using Hand Chain Blocks Safely
Do not attempt lifting operations unless you understand the use of the
equipment and the slinging procedures.
Do not use defective blocks,
slings or accessories and never use the block chain as a sling.
the slinging arrangement, that the block is safely rigged and that
chains are not twisted, particularly in the case of multi-fall blocks.
Check the load is free to move before commencing and that the landing
area has been prepared.
Raise the load just clear, then halt the lift
to check the integrity of the block, slinging method etc.
travel path is clear and that you have a clear view so as to avoid
accidental hook engagement or collision. Follow any particular site
safety rules applicable to the movement of suspended loads.
fingers, toes etc clear when lowering loads.
Inspection and Maintenance
Follow any specific maintenance
instructions issued by the supplier but in particular keep load chains
lubricated and check the operation of the brake. Brakes must be kept
free of oil, grease etc. Never replace the load chain with a longer one
without consulting the supplier.
Regularly inspect the block and, in
the event of the following defects, refer the block to a Competent
Person for thorough examination: wear; damage to trolley, hooks and
fittings; damaged or distorted slack end anchor; chains worn, bent,
notched, stretched, corroded, do not hang freely, twisted or jump; load
slips or will not lift; damaged block casing; illegible markings.