20.. Loose gear
20.1.1. For the purpose of this code, "loose gear" is defined as
a hook, ring, shackle, link, sling, lifting beam, lifting frame or any
similar article of equipment by means of which a load may be
attached to a lifting appliance and which does not form an integral
part of the lifting appliance.
20.2. General provisions
20.2.1. Every item of loose gear should
be of good design and construction, of adequate strength for the
purpose for which it is used, and free from any patent defect;
be made to a recognised national or international standard;
before being taken into use for the first time or after any repair
or alteration to a stress-bearing part, be tested and certificated in
accordance with the requirements of Appendix C by a competent
be periodically thoroughly examined and inspected in accordance
with the requirements of Appendix C by a competent person;
be marked in accordance with the requirements of section 20.6;
be properly maintained in good order.
20.3. Use of wrought iron
20.3.1. (1) Wrought iron should not be used in the manufacture
of any loose gear taken into use for the first time or in any subsequent
repair of that gear.
Any gear made wholly or in part of wrought iron should be
scrapped as soon as is reasonably practicable.
Until gear made wholly or in part of wrought iron is scrapped,