Lifting hook

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A lifting hook with a safety latch.

A lifting hook is a device for grabbing and lifting loads by means of a device such as a hoist or crane. A lifting hook is usually equipped with a safety latch to prevent the disengagement of the lifting wire rope sling, chain or rope to which the load is attached.

A hook may have one or more built-in pulley sheaves as a block and tackle to multiply the lifting force.

Lifting hook attached to sheave suspended by wire rope from boom of crane

See also[edit]

  • Hoist (device) – Device used for lifting or lowering a load
  • Crane (machine) – Type of machine
  • Wire rope – Metal rope
  • Chain – Series of connected links which are typically made of metal
  • Rope – Linear combination of plies, yarns or strands which are twisted or braided together