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PSC Taglines

Taglines or restraint lines must be used when a rotation or swinging of the load may become hazardous or if the load needs guidance. In brief, loads requiring continuous manual guidance while in motion shall be provided with tag lines, and required tag lines must be used “on loads likely to swing or which need guidance”.

What is Hands-Free lifting?

Hands-free lifting is a vital practice in preventing injuries and enhancing workplace safety. It involves using mechanical lifting mechanisms to handle suspended weights without any direct contact with the body. By eliminating the potential energy in a load before handling it, the risk of hand injuries and related incidents, such as being caught between, struck by, or struck against, is significantly reduced. At PSC Hand Safety, we emphasize the importance of adopting the correct mindset as the primary tool for hands-free lifting. Resisting the urge to touch or hold the rigging while ensuring proper slinging and balance of the load is crucial. Remember, lifting and landing operations pose the highest risks, so maintaining distance from the load is paramount for your safety.

What are PSC Taglines?

Taglines are also known as guidelines, guide ropes, end lines, strap lines, and pay off lines, depending on where you are in the world, but “Tag line” is the most frequent word for using a piece of rope.

When the load’s rotation or swinging may become hazardous, or if the bag requires guidance, tag or safety restraint lines must be utilized. In summary, limitations that require constant manual guiding while in motion must be equipped with taglines, and safety taglines must be used “on loads that are liable to swing or that require guidance.”

When must taglines be used?

When any of the following events occur, taglines must be used:

  • The static (non-moving) load suspended by the crane swings, or is likely to swing back and forth (due to wind or other external factors), posing a control hazard. It could be a landing and positioning hazard, not just for the crane operator and banksman.

  • The crane or boom movement causes or is likely to cause the load to swing out of control, posing a safety danger.

  • The load is rotating out of control, has rotated out of control, or is likely to rotate out of control, posing a hazard.

What are the tagline material options?

The load is rotating out of control, has rotated out of control, or is likely to rotate out of control, posing a hazard.

Tagline ropes should be made of suitable soft fibers, such as non-rotating synthetic or natural fibers that do not pose the same manual handling risks as wire rope. They should ideally be made of 100% polyester braid on braid (braided core with braided cover) rope, such as the PSC Load Guider® Tagline. Or, like the PSC SafeGuider Tagline, a polypropylene rope coated with urethane compounds to stiffen it.

When used as a tagline, a standard polypropylene, nylon, or sisal rope has some inherent problems:

  • They have a tendency to wrap themselves around items.

  • They become entangled in tight spaces.

  • The bottoms fray and are tied to prevent the fraying from catching the line.

  • When they’re wet or soiled with grease, they become slick.

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