A lifting hook is a device for grabbing and lifting loads by means of a device such as a hoist or crane. A lifting hook is usually equipped with a safety latch to prevent the disengagement of the lifting wire rope sling, chain or rope to which the load is attached.
With rigging hardware, what we’re talking about is items like hooks, links, shackles, turnbuckles, eye bolts, and hoist rings. The most common problems tie back to misuse and abuse and lack of inspection. Some of the most common issues we see are: Hooks with missing or broken latches.
Requirement for a safety latch on a sling hook depends on the activity for which the sling is being used.