Shackles are one of the most versatile and important pieces of equipment in nearly every rigging, lifting, and material handling operation. They serve as a critical function of connecting various pieces of lifting equipment together. Such a powerful piece of equipment requires proper handling and knowledge in order to unleash its full potential.They are the reason cranes lift and I-beams rise.
Each shackle is designed specifically for the type of equipment you are using. Proper application of shackles is critical in any material handling situation. This is why we use the most common best practices for shackle applications and pass that knowledge on to our clients. We also recommend that shackles be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that they are suitable for continued use.
Functions of a Shackles
Shackles are used to lift, secure and rig heavy loads, where they act as the final link in a connection chain or sling setup. Shackles are advantageous if wanting to make a robust physical connection between the load-lifting device (typically a hoist hook or sling) and the payload that needs to be moved or supported