General Warnings & Instructions

Industrial products make work easier and can save valuable time. However, there are inherent risks in using industrial products and related equipment that must be respected in order to avoid an accident, damage to property, personal injury, or death.

WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS: You must carefully read, understand, and follow all warnings and instructions provided by Harken Industrial in order to avoid an accident. These warnings and instructions are found on the equipment, in packaging, in our brochures, on our website, or through our customer service department.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Even though Harken Industrial equipment appears simple and easy to operate (as intended by our design), our equipment should never be used unless you have a sufficient level of training and experience with load handling, or general experience in industries such as work at height, rescue, or fall restraint, and with the equipment in particular. The amount of training and experience depends on a number of factors: associated equipment, regulations, the weather conditions, and the task you are trying to complete. If you have any doubt about your training or experience, do not use the equipment. Please contact Harken Industrial or seek additional training.

AVOID ACCIDENT OR INJURY: Regardless of your skill level, in order to avoid an accident, damage to property, personal injury, or death:

  1. Loads on equipment can be significant, and shock loading can quickly multiply that load to extremely high levels. All persons selecting, installing, using, or maintaining Harken Industrial equipment and related fastenings must be aware and cautious of such loads.
  2. Select appropriate Harken Industrial equipment by careful analysis of published loading and relevant loading factors. Consult with a structural engineer to confirm your choice. Always follow current regulations for your industry, and use formal risk assessment for your project. If you prefer, contact Harken Industrial directly.
  3. Never, under any circumstances, exceed the capacity or Maximum Working Load (MWL) of any piece of equipment. The maximum working load may be found in our catalog, on our website, or through our Technical Service department. Loads above the MWL can cause the equipment to suddenly fail unexpectedly.
  4. Harken equipment is used in a wide variety of applications including a line of products dedicated solely to the sport of sailing. The sport of sailing has very different loading requirements compared to industrial applications. Equipment is shown and described in a separate sailing related catalog and website. Always use the industrial catalog and website for specifications and correct safety factors for non-sailing applications. Contact Harken Industrial if you have any questions about this distinction.
  5. Do not use Harken equipment for human suspension unless product is specifically certified and labeled for such use. Consult Harken Industrial technical service if you have any questions regarding suitability for human suspension.
  6. Make certain that all related fasteners, connections, tethers, and anchorage points follow industry regulations and match or exceed maximum working loads of Harken Industrial equipment.
  7. Keep fingers, hands, hair, loose clothing, gloves, and tools away from moving parts.
  8. Before manipulating any piece of equipment, be sure that all persons and objects are clear of moving components.
  9. Always follow a regular and formal procedure for inspecting and replacing equipment and related fastenings. Document all inspections. Follow instructions in the product manual for “removing from service after shock loading.”
  10. Follow maintenance procedures specified in the manual to keep your equipment in optimum working order.
  11. Be sure all products and related safety equipment and electronics are in good working order before using.
  12. Always have a rescue plan in place and the means to implement it for operators working in human suspension or working at height. Communicate that plan to users, authorized personnel, and rescuers.