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This article focuses on the mechanisms and common causes of failure of metal components in lifting equipment in the following three categories: cranes and bridges, particularly those for outdoor and other low-temperature service; attachments used for direct lifting, such as hooks, chains, wire rope, slings, beams, bales, and trunnions; and built-in members such as shafts, gears, and drums.

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Frank L. Jamieson, 2002. "Failures of Lifting Equipment", Failure Analysis and Prevention, William T. Becker, Roch J. Shipley

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