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Common Rigging Problems and How to Prevent Them

One of the most frequent mistakes in rigging is failing to properly inspect and maintain the lifting equipment. Therefore, it is essential for rigging professionals to understand the do’s and don’ts of rigging heavy loads for lifting.

Rigging crews play a pivotal role where heavy equipment needs to be lifted and moved. From construction sites to manufacturing facilities, these crews face unique challenges that require careful consideration. In this blog post, we’ll explore the world of rigging, focusing on how the appropriate use of chain and sling hoists can not only safeguard the crew and equipment but also boost efficiency and cut costs. Let’s dive in!

Rigging is a necessary activity in industries such as construction, manufacturing, shipbuilding, and even entertainment. Whether it’s lifting steel beams, assembling machinery, or setting up stages for concerts, rigging professionals ensure that heavy objects are moved safely and effectively.

As long as heavy objects need to be lifted, rigging expertise will be in demand and the demand for skilled riggers remains steady across industries. Riggers who stay up-to-date with safety regulations and master the use of advanced equipment, like chain and sling hoists, will find themselves with valuable and sought-after skills.

Riggers are responsible for securing loads, attaching lifting equipment, and ensuring that the entire lifting process is executed seamlessly. Their knowledge of different types of hoists, slings, and chains is crucial for maintaining safety and efficiency.

A rusty chain or a frayed sling might seem minor, but they can lead to disastrous consequences during a lift. Lifting heavy equipment is inherently risky, making regular inspection and maintenance a critical function. Without the right precautions, there’s a potential for dropped loads, damaged equipment, and even injuries or fatalities. This is where proper training and equipment come into play.

Inadequate training and poor communication can lead to rigging failures. Ignoring load limits, improper sling angles, and using damaged equipment are all recipe for disaster. The good news is that these failures are preventable.

The most important rule during rigging and lifting operations is to follow protocols diligently. This includes conducting pre-lift meetings, ensuring everyone is clear about their roles, adhering to load limits, and maintaining constant communication.

OSHA mandates regular hoist testing to ensure that lifting equipment is in optimal working condition. Hoists should be load tested at 125% of their rated capacity and undergo periodic inspections. Adhering to OSHA’s requirements not only ensures compliance but also safeguards the crew and equipment.

Mastering the art of rigging is a blend of expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to safety. By understanding the unique challenges rigging crews face, acknowledging the risks, and following best practices—especially when it comes to using chain and sling hoists—these crews can ensure smoother operations, protect their team members, and contribute to the overall success of their projects. See our prior articles on Proper OSHA Chain and Sling Hoist Testing and Chain and Sling Hoist Safety Precautions for more details on how to keep crews, customers, and equipment safe.

Remember, every lift is an opportunity to prioritize safety and efficiency through proper rigging techniques and equipment usage. For information on cost effective equipment to assist in monitoring chain and sling hoist’s reliability. Visit https://pridetool.com/products/6-ton-hoist-test-stand/ or contact Pride Tool at pride@pridetool.com.

Pride Tool Announces Accreditation from Better Business Bureau

Cincinnati, OH (July 17, 2023) – Pride Tool, a Metal Fabrication and Machine Shop located at 10200 Wayne Avenue in Cincinnati, announced today that it has met the Standards for trust required by the Better Business Bureau and is now a BBB Accredited Business.

“Receiving the BBB Seal validates Pride Tool’s commitment to quality and honesty behind every transaction we make. We are excited to receive this BBB accreditation as proof that we strive to always maintain an unwavering commitment to our customers.” Stated Scott Schwarz President/Owner, of Pride Tool.

For 35 years, Pride Tool has worked to instill trust in its customers. BBB Accreditation means Pride Tool has adhered to – and contractually agrees it will continue to adhere to – BBB’s Standards: build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, be transparent, honor promises, be responsive, embody integrity, and safeguard privacy.

The BBB Seal tells the community about Pride Tool’s elite status as part of a select group of local business leaders that not only support BBB’s mission but also make it their own to build a marketplace built on trust by doing ethical business and treating the public in a fair and honest manner.

Ensuring Workplace Safety: The Importance of Proper OSHA Chain and Sling Hoist Testing

In today’s industrial landscape, workplace safety is paramount. Proper testing and inspection of lifting equipment, such as hoists, chains, and slings used in heavy load handling operations, play a critical role in preventing accidents and ensuring the well-being of workers. In this article, we’ll delve into the world of OSHA lifting device testing, exploring the requirements, safety precautions, common problems, and the factors influencing sling safety.

Understanding OSHA Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) establishes guidelines that govern the use of lifting equipment, including hoists, chains, and slings. OSHA requires thorough testing and inspection of these components to ensure they’re in optimal condition. Lifting device testing is not just a regulatory obligation but a means to safeguard lives. OSHA does indeed require slings to be inspected daily before use.

Daily Sling Inspections: A Must

One of the fundamental aspects of lifting device testing is the daily inspection of slings before use. OSHA mandates that slings must be thoroughly examined for any signs of wear, damage, or deformities. This daily ritual acts as a frontline defense, identifying potential issues that could compromise the safety of lifting operations.

Safety Precautions for Sling Usage

When working with chains and slings, adherence to safety precautions is vital. Workers must be trained to understand the proper methods of handling and attaching slings to loads. Overloading, sudden jerks, and improper angles can all lead to catastrophic failures. Training programs and clear communication protocols are crucial in maintaining a safe working environment.

Common Problems That Halt Sling Usage

Even with proper inspections and precautions, issues may arise that warrant taking a sling out of service. Two common problems include:

    • Visible Wear and Tear: If a sling displays fraying, cuts, or any visible damage, it must be immediately removed from service. Ignoring such signs can lead to sudden failures during lifting operations.
    • Inadequate Load Identification: Each sling has a specific weight capacity. Failure to accurately identify the load’s weight and choosing the appropriate sling can lead to overloading and potential accidents.

Factors Influencing Sling Safety

Sling safety depends on various factors:

    • Sling Angle: The angle at which the sling is used affects its capacity. Angles significantly deviating from vertical can reduce the sling’s lifting capacity, potentially leading to failure.
    • Sling Material and Type: Different slings are designed for specific purposes. Understanding the characteristics of various sling materials (chain, wire rope, synthetic) and configurations (single leg, double leg, multiple leg) is crucial for safe hoisting.
    • Environmental Factors: Harsh environments, such as extreme temperatures or exposure to corrosive substances, can compromise sling integrity over time.

Manufacturing Statistics: The Consequences of Improper Testing

The importance of proper hoist testing is evident in manufacturing statistics. Studies show that a significant percentage of chain and sling hoist failures can be traced back to inadequate testing and inspections. These failures not only result in injuries but also cause financial losses for companies due to halted operations, equipment damage, and legal implications.

In the world of lifting operations, the stakes are high, and safety is non-negotiable. OSHA’s regulations regarding lifting devices, hoists, chains, and slings testing exist to ensure that workers are protected, and operations run smoothly. By adhering to the recommended inspection frequencies, practicing safety precautions, addressing common problems, and considering the factors that influence lifting device safety, companies can mitigate the risk of accidents and create a secure working environment.

For more information on OSHA testing requirements or on how you can provide an easy, efficient, accurate, and portable testing solution, visit https://pridetool.com/products/ or contact us today.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Standard Number: 1910.184,


Pride Tool – Positioned to Meet Increasing Customer Demand

New Equipment Adds More Capacity

Capital investments to update technology and CNC machining center equipment is part of the winning strategy at Pride Tool. “Ensuring our employees are equipped with best-in-class technology and equipment to consistently produce high-quality precision parts for our customers has been our top priority this year”, stated Scott Schwarz, Pride Tool’s President.

One of the first investments was the addition of a new OKUMA MB-5000 II horizontal CNC machining center. It is hands down the most productive and fastest horizontal CNC milling machine that OKUMA has ever produced*. The CNC machine not only provides a smaller footprint on the production floor but does so with a much broader output capability, attributed to its reduced cycle time. This allows our employees to have more flexibility and room to work with the materials and finished products in a safer and more efficient manner. True to the MB-500’s claims, this machine was designed to help us achieve more in less time while ensuring easy maintenance procedures.

In addition, the MB-5000HII horizontal CNC machining center features a roller cam gear design for more dynamic and fluid movements. This provides Pride Tool machinists more control and freedom to perform sophisticated programs and produce higher volume production.

“We have been so pleased with the equipment and the ability to add capacity to keep up with our customer needs,” touted Scott. “There is a growing market for quality machining and fabrication and Pride Tool is poised to meet that demand,” he continued.

Call Pride Tool today, if you have machined and fabricated part needs. We offer a quick and easy process to have those needs filled. Better yet, visit our website to request a quote. You can provide a CAD drawing and a project overview, so that one of our skilled estimators will contact you to provide a competitive quote and projected delivery time.

*OKUMA America Corporation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=trsu3PDaJMA

Pride Tool Investing in the Future of Manufacturing

New Fiber Laser Cutting Equipment Improves Consistency and Efficiency

Another new addition to Pride Tool’s equipment lineup is a CLi Fiber Laser Cutter by Cincinnati Incorporated. This CNC fiber laser cutting machine provides the latest technology. It increases operational efficiency and adds redundancy to production equipment which ensures consistent workflow capacity. Pride Tool’s new Cincinnati Cli Fiber Laser Cutter guarantees results and quality with its powerful laser head and easy-access design. The laser cutter enables Pride Tool to maintain complete control of the efficient production of quality, high-mix parts.

The Laser Cutter uses a powerful laser head, a 100mm collimator with a 150mm autofocus length that provides consistent results through a wide range of materials. Its efficiency starts with a compact design that offers dual-opening doors with roll-out tables for ease of access. It also provides the control and visibility needed to ensure best-in-class parts delivery.

“The addition of this fiber laser cutter was driven by our tremendous customer demand. It is just another step in our growth plan”, stated Scott Schwarz, Pride Tool President. “We are excited to have a great partner in Cincinnati that enables us to make continuous improvements to our operations. They enable us to deliver the best products and service to our customers,” he continued.

Pride Tool creates structural fabrication components for custom designs and assemblies in carbon steel, stainlessThe CLi Fiber Laser Cutter has a 100mm Collimator, 150mm Auto Focus length, and Capacitive Head. It can cut through a wide variety of materials with consistent results. steel, and aluminum. The industries we serve range from automotive to medical, and agricultural to aerospace. Combining this CNC fiber laser cutting machine with our existing equipment takes Pride Tool to the next level. With our investments in new technology and best-in-class equipment, we can handle even your most challenging projects.

Give us a call today. Or better yet, visit our website at pridetool.com and request a quote for your next project. We are ready to help, with new projects, or if you need to replace or duplicate your current provider! Our experienced estimators will reach out to ensure we incorporate all the specifications your project demands. Then provide you with a quote and lead time.

Employee longevity aand Dedication at Pride Tool. Celebrating 35 and 20 years of dedication, our employees play a crucial role in our success.

Employee Longevity and Dedication Celebrated at Pride Tool

Longevity and Dedication – The Pride Tool Difference

Celebrating 35 and 20 years of employee longevity and dedication, our employees play a crucial role in our success. Pride Tool is proud to officially recognize the loyalty, longevity, and achievements of two employees. This month, we are celebrating both Steve Baumer, celebrating his 35th year and Cameron Pease, celebrating his 20th year with Pride Tool.

35 Years Expertise and Dedication

Steve Baumer joined the team in October 1988. Employee longevity and dediction of Steve Baumer with 35 years of service at Pride Tool.Throughout his longevity with Pride Tool, Steve has continued to utilize his expertise to contribute toward the company’s success, as well as assisting the operations team as needed.  As an integral part of the team, Steve dedicates an invaluable amount of knowledge that he uses to continually grow and mentor both new and more junior machinist throughout the shop.

In 2023, Steve accepted a promotion to estimator and has moved to the front office. This has not curtailed his continued mentorship and guidance to our machinist group. He leads by example and is always prepared to support in all aspects of the operations.

Thank you for always putting your best foot forward! Your performance is always top-notch, even when you take on more work. We appreciate your thirty-five years of hard work, dedicaton, and willingness to help the company grow and succeed.


20 Years Expertise and Dedication

Our next senior employee is Cameron Pease. Cameron started his career at Pride Tool in November 2003. Cameron is a senior CNC machinist in our lathe department. This past November marked Cameron’s twentieth consecutive year of employment with Pride Tool. Employee longevity and dediction as exemplified by Cameron Pease, a 20 year experience CNC lathe operator at Pride Tool.

As a CNC lathe machinist, Cameron has proven his ability to effectively use computer-aided manufacturing to measure dimensions, set parameters, and check for quality controls while staying on top of the latest software. As part of his daily routine, Cameron uses the computer aided software to create designs for the production of precision customer parts. He routinely uses his expert skills to operate, maintain/clean, and calibrate machines and other tools. His meticulous attention to detail when inspecting materials for defects and making the necessary adjustments, is a critical step in our quality assurance.

Thank you, Cameron. Your outstanding performance over the last twenty years is an inspiration to us all. Through both your longevity and dedication, we have exceeded our goals for 2023 and look forward to doing the same in 2024. Keep up the amazing work!

Thank you both for being the wonderful people that you are and for each of your contributions to making the difference that Pride Tool makes to our customers.  Your employee longevity and dedication each of you have invested are a crucal factor in the continued success of our business. We are lucky to have you both and hope to have you both with us for many years to come!

As a thank you to both of our most senior and valued employees, both were provided a commemorative plaque along with a significant cash reward to remind them each of the value bring each and every day. Well, done, gentleman. We are so proud to have you both on our winning team.

If you would like to experience the Pride Tool difference, contact us for all your metal fabrication needs.

Machining & Fabrication: The Winning Formula for Price Tool’s Growth

Since the close of Price Tool’s first year under new management, the industrial CNC Machining and Metal Fabrication business has been flourishing.  The year was marked with achievements. These included: expanding into industrial market segments of aerospace and marine, up to a 50% reduction in lead times, double-digit sales growth, and a 25% increase in shop and administrative staff.

How could this happen in just twelve months?

Key to achieving this success started with several months spent meeting and speaking with the current staff and existing customers. We got to know each other and to understand the greatest areas of opportunity for improvement. It also provided the perfect backdrop to learn how Pride Tool could better serve the needs of each.

Next was to understand the business’s physical assets, including inventory and equipment. This began by establishing, formalizing, and performing a physical inventory process.  It served to not only develop important benchmarks for the newly acquired business but to also establish a clear path to reduce obsolete inventories.  During the process, our staff decluttered and better organized inventory, WIP, and customer stock. We thoroughly cleaned plant areas that were previously a challenge to access. These efforts not only provided much-needed current inventory space and additional space for growth;  we also created a safer work environment by clearing the way for safety equipment installations.

Utilizing the information provided by the staff and our customers, Pride Tool researched best-in-class technology updates to upgrade and improve the entire plant’s IT infrastructure. This started with the backbone IT server systems, including the email systems. “Upgrading all the systems to the latest versions was a bit of a challenge, but well worth the effort,” stated Scott Schwarz, Pride Tool’s new owner and president. “We stated from day one, that improving the efficiencies throughout the plant was the top priority during the first two quarters, and I am proud to state that we accomplish that within the first quarter,” he continued.

Captial Investments

With the foundational improvements completed, our focus changed to initiating capital investments to serve our customers through the fourth quarter better. These investments included capital equipment purchases of CNC Machining Equipment, a Cincinnati Laser Cutter, a Fiber Laser Cutter, and upgrades to provide our staff with the latest in technology  These not only enhance the precision quality of each stations output but also increases manufacturing capacity.New metal bending press brake offers greater precision angles and added capacity.

A 4-axis dual pallet milling machine was added, as Pride Tool’s first equipment investment. We purchased a new OKUMA MBH5000 II dual pallet 4-axis horizontal mill that significantly increased milling capacity. MasterCam 3D programming was also purchased and installed for all mills and lathes. This was coupled with the purchase of a new 120-ton Press Brake and additional technology upgrades.

Our purchase of a new CLI Laser Cutting Center with Plasma Cutting capacity is our newest investment. Each equipment upgrade and purchase positions Pride Tool to offer top-quality products to customers increases capacity, as well as expands Pride Tool’s ability to service more industrial segments.

Industry Events and Connections

One of the highlights this year for Scott was attending industry events such as the Gosigerfest biennial gathering of manufacturing and CNC decision-makers, users, and vendors held in Dayton, Ohio.  “Attending events such as the Gosigerfest was a great opportunity to learn the latest trends and cutting-edge technologies available in the industry”, mentioned Scott.  “During the event, I’ve met a lot of great people and potential partners. It was my first Gosigerfest event, and I was greatly impressed. I’m looking forward to attending each event,” Scott stated.

Internal Investments

As a part of Scott’s vision, we trained and certified our staff in Lean Six Sigma methodologies. This included the entire staff, production teams, and administrative staff. “This was the perfect venue for driving home the importance of improving business processes through the reduction of defects and errors, minimizing variation, and increasing quality and efficiency,” stated Scott. “This mindset is important in fulfilling our customer promise for our products to meet customer requirements, EVERY time.”

There were many challenges during the year, but Pride Tool overcame them and is positioned for greater growth over the next 12 months. Follow our Linkedin page to keep up to date with Pride Tool information and news.  We look forward to growing together with our industry partners, our community, and especially our customers. Please feel free to contact us for all your metal fabrication needs.

Chain and Sling Hoist Workplace Operational Safety

In every business, effective safety procedures and processes ensure employee and customer safety, and should always be a first priority. In this article, we will cover safety precautions, hazards, and guidelines related to chain hoists and lifting slings. We will also address common questions such as safety precautions when using a chain hoist, the hazards associated with chain hoists, safety in lifting slings including basic slinging, and sling safety guidelines.

Chain Hoist Safety Precautions

When using a chain hoist in industrial settings, it’s crucial to prioritize safety to prevent accidents and injuries. Here are some essential safety precautions to follow:

    • Inspection: Before each use, inspect the chain hoist for any signs of damage or wear. Check the chain, hooks, and other components for cracks, corrosion, or deformities.
    • Weight Limits: Always adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended weight limits for the hoist. Overloading the hoist can lead to equipment failure and accidents.
    • Proper Training: Ensure that operators are properly trained to use the chain hoist. Operating the hoist requires skill and understanding of safety protocols.
    • Secure Attachments: Make sure the load is properly attached to the hook and that the hook is securely fastened to the hoist. Improper attachment can lead to load drops.
    • Clear Area: Clear the area beneath the hoisted load to prevent anyone from walking or working underneath it.
    • Even Load Distribution: Ensure that the load is evenly distributed on the hook. Imbalanced loads can cause the hoist to tip or fail.
    • Communication: Maintain clear communication between the operator and any workers involved in the lifting operation. Use signals or radios if needed.
    • Avoid Swinging Loads: Prevent swinging of the load, as it can lead to collisions and accidents. Control the lifting and lowering process carefully.

Hazards of Chain Hoists

Chain hoists, while highly efficient, come with potential hazards that need to be recognized and mitigated:

    • Load Drops: Insufficiently secured loads can detach from the hook, causing damage and endangering workers below.
    • Equipment Failure: Overloading the hoist or using damaged equipment can lead to hoist failure, dropping the load unexpectedly.
    • Slipping or Snagging: Chains can slip or snag during lifting operations, causing accidents or damaging the load.
    • Inadequate Training: Operators without proper training might make errors in operating the hoist, leading to accidents.
    • Electrical Hazards: Electric chain hoists pose electrical shock risks if not used or maintained correctly.

Lifting Sling Safety and Basic Slinging

Lifting slings are vital components of material handling. Understanding basic slinging techniques is crucial for safe operations:

    • Selecting the Right Sling: Choose the appropriate sling material (wire rope, chain, synthetic) based on the load, environment, and lifting method.
    • Inspecting Slings: Regularly inspect slings for signs of wear, damage, or deterioration. Replace damaged slings immediately.
    • Proper Angles: Maintain proper angles between the sling legs and the load to ensure even weight distribution.
    • Securing the Load: Ensure the load is stable and balanced before lifting. Use padding or protective materials to prevent damage to the load and the sling.
    • Avoid Sharp Edges: Sharp edges can damage slings. Use edge protectors to prevent cutting or abrasion.
    • Sling Protection: Protect slings from chemicals, heat, and other harmful elements that could compromise their strength.

Safety Guidelines for Slings

Following safety guidelines is essential when using lifting slings:

    • Capacity Limits: Adhere to the manufacturer’s weight ratings and capacity limits for the chosen sling.
    • Avoid Knots: Knots can significantly weaken slings. Never tie knots in lifting slings.
    • Clear Communication: Establish clear communication between the lifting team members to coordinate movements and actions.
    • Use Proper Hardware: Ensure that hooks, shackles, and other hardware used with slings are suitable for the task and properly rated.
    • No Sling Overloads: Never overload slings or use them in ways they weren’t designed for.
    • Proper Storage: Store slings in a dry, cool area away from direct sunlight, chemicals, and moisture.

Let’s face it. Safety is everyone’s concern both in the work place and at home. Many of these guidelines may seem to be common sense, but too often employees find themselves trying to do too many things at one time or are in hurry to get a project done.  These distractions can make employees forget these basic guidelines and can lead to potential property and equipment damage, and worse – employee injuries.

Take time to review these guidelines with your employees and set them up with a safe work environment and processes to follow. For questions about this article or to discuss how Pride Tool can assist with your hoist testing program, visit https://pridetool.com/products/ or contact us at pride@pridetool.com.

New Talent and Equipment at Pride Tool

Cincinnati’s Leading Machine Shop Is Positioned to Serve the Industry’s Fabrication Needs.

Cincinnati, OH (August 22, 2023); Cincinnati’s leading machine shop, Pride Tool, under the new ownership of Scott Schwarz, has updated equipment and enhanced the staff with additional CNC technicians to better serve the USA Manufacturing Industry.

The acquisition of Pride Tool by Scott Schwarz was completed in the fall 2022. “When I heard about the opportunity to acquire Pride Tool Co. Inc., I was immediately interested,” stated Mr. Schwarz a US Navy Veteran. “This shop was the perfect size and had all the right people and equipment. It felt like my perfect vision of the business I wanted to purchase.”

Mr. Schwarz utilized the first quarter of his ownership to analyze the business, assess operational efficiencies, inspect existing equipment and tooling. His research led to investments in new horizontal milling capacity, fiber-laser cutting, press brake forming, and other vital equipment. He also evaluated staffing against similar businesses in the same industry and found that the Pride Tool team was highly. trained, capable and are poised to achieve great things. Additional investments in infrastructure, machine programming, and additional technical specialists will afford the greatest opportunity for Pride Tool’s success. The Cincinnati machine shop supplies B2B metal fabricated and machined precision parts for companies in a multitude of industries, including packaging, automotive, aerospace, medical, military, oil and gas, transportation, and others. Pride Tool also holds a patent for a testing apparatus which is designed into a custom lifting-device testing machine. The Pride Tool Test Stand is used for testing new and modified lifting devices such as chain hoists, lifting winches, and chains and slings. “Our Test Stands are an essential appliance anywhere there is a need to lift heavy objects utilizing hoists and slings. OSHA recommends regular testing of lifting devices,” said Mr. Schwarz. “We build two sizes of our Test Stands: a mobile 6-Ton unit, and our most popular 16-Ton unit. Customers tell us that our Test Stand is one of their best investments. It saves them thousands of dollars in outsourced testing and provides ultimate peace- of-mind knowing the equipment needed to test any device anytime is readily available.”

“I’m very excited to take the lead role at Pride Tool, and with the help of a great team here, we can do great things. With the post-COVID thinking around offshoring changing, we are seeing increased demand every month for machined parts and services. My industry operational excellence experience should prove to be invaluable in taking the company to the next level,” he continued.

Read more about the transformation at pridetool.com.

ABOUT Pride Tool: Founded in 1988, Pride Tool is a leading Machine Shop located in Cincinnati, Ohio that specializes in custom-manufactured and precision-made parts for local and North American manufacturing customers. With a 24,000-square-foot machine shop that houses over 80 specialized machines including laser cutters, welding stations, CNC machining centers, lathes, mills, and ID/OD/surface grinding equipment that employ state-of-the-art CAD/CAM modeling and MasterCam software with internal programming capabilities for CNC Machining and CNC Turning processes. Material expertise includes work with stainless steels, carbon steels, aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, exotics, super alloys, plastics, and all grades of tubing and piping.