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Chains used in load carrying service shall be inspected before initial use and weekly thereafter.
Chain shall be normalized or annealed periodically as recommended by the manufacturer.
If at any time any 3-foot length of chain is found to have stretched one-third the length of a link it shall be discarded.
Bolts or nails shall not be placed between two links to shorten or join chains.
Broken chains shall not be spliced by inserting a bolt between two links with the head of the bolt and nut sustaining the load, or by passing one link through another and inserting a bolt or nail to hold it.
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