Lifting Shackles

Get safe connections with lifting shackles from Cromwell. We stock a wide range of sizes and weight capacities from high-performance, quality brand, TTC Lifting Gear® for lifting accessories you can rely on.

What are lifting shackles?

Lifting shackles are metal connecting rings that attach the item you want to lift to the lifting equipment, such as a hoist or sling.

Why lifting shackles?

Lifting shackles offer a secure attachment between a load and the lifting equipment, and feature a secure screw closure to ensure a safe connection.

Lifting shackle types

Two of the most common lifting shackles are the bow and D shackles. They're used in different lifting applications and are available with A-pin, screw pins or split pins closures.

• Bow shackle   -   One of the more common lifting shackles, this type is also known as an omega shackle due to its rounded shape. It's designed for use with slings, such as chain slings and web slings.

• D Shackles   -   Also called a Dee shackle, this variant has straight sides and can be used for a range of lifting and load-bearing requirements

Considerations when choosing lifting shackles

Type - this will depend on the lifting equipment you'll be connecting to.

Working load - the weight capacity of each shackle should be marked and visible on the shackle body.

Size - the shackle should always be big enough to avoid pinching or forcing onto the hoist or sling.

Lifting shackle jargon buster

So you can understand our range applications, we've broken down and explained a standard for lifting shackles.

What does the standard ISO 2415:2004 mean?

This standard covers the technical characteristics of lifting shackles and outlines the dimensions and performance required to allow for compatibility with other lifting equipment.

Let's break it down...

• ISO - These technical requirements are outlined by the International Organization for Standardization

• 2415 - This is the assigned legislation number

• 2004 - This is the year that this safety standard was published


What are lifting shackles made of?

For high strength, lifting shackles are normally made from steel, with alloy steel delivering the best safe working load (SWL)

How do I measure a lifting shackle?

Shackles are measured according to the diameter of the rounded section as opposed to the pin size.

Regulation Information

LOLER applies to ALL lifting equipment used for work purposes, even if it was manufactured and put into use before LOLER came into force in 1998. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 applies to all work equipment, including lifting equipment, and requires workplaces to provide suitable and safe equipment for the task, along with proper training. Work equipment must be maintained and inspected and related risks prevented or controlled.

Pre-use checks must be carried out on lifting equipment. The purpose of these pre-use checks is to identify faulty equipment; this is not the same as routine thorough examination and inspections but in addition to them at each use. All lifting equipment requires to be thoroughly examined by a qualified competent person at various points, as required by PUWER, to maintain efficient working order.

Regulation Jargon Buster

LOLER - Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
PUWER - Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
HASWA - Health and Safety at Work Act
WAH - Work / Working at Height

Please note that the products in this category are not suitable for lifting people; please consult the manufacturer's data sheet for more information.

For the further information and full details of your legal responsibilities:
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment (LOLER) Regulations 1998 - AcoP - L113