Guide to the Care and Safe Use of Beam Clamps

Always store and handle beam clamps correctly
Always inspect beam clamps and accessories before use and before placing in storage
Always ensure that the supporting structure is adequate for the full load that will be imposed and suitable for the application.
Always ensure that the clamp is of the correct profile and size, are correctly adjusted for the beam width and that it seats correctly on the beam flange.
Always ensure that the beam clamp is strong enough for the full load that will be imposed.
Always check that the clamp is directly over the centre of gravity.

Never use beam clamps that have not been identified or that are not certified for lifting.
Never replace bolts, shackles etc without consulting the supplier.
Never throw of drop beam clamps.
Never use beam clamps on damaged or distorted beams.
Never force or wedge hooks of lifting appliances into the attachment eye or fitting (e.g. shackle).
Never obliquely load beam clamps without the authority of the supplier.

Selecting the Correct Beam Clamp

Beam clamps 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 or non adjustable – scissor, screw or bolt action.
  • Capacity and beam sizes.
  • Suitability of the beam.
  • Type of lifting appliance to be used.
  • If application is temporary or permanent.

 

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 never 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.
Ensure that the 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 that the clamp is suitable for the application, correct size and profile for the beam, and seats correctly. It must not cause localised overloading.
Ensure that the lifting appliance is compatible with the clamp and that hooks or other attachments fit freely into the eye, shackle etc. of the clamp.
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 oblique loading.
If two clamps are to be used in tandem the use of ancillary equipment may also be necessary, e.g. spreader beam. Care must be taken to ensure no one clamp takes more than its W.L.L.

In Service Inspection and Maintenance

Beam Clamps should be cleaned and any moving parts lubricated at appropriate intervals unless the suppliers specific instructions indicate otherwise.
Regularly inspect the beam clamp and, in the event of the following defects, refer the block to a Competent Person for thorough examination: wear, damage or distortion, cracks, insecure bolts etc., corrosion, illegible markings.

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