Hi-Viz Chain: Guide to Enhancing Safety and Visibility in Overhead Lifting

June 27, 2023

High visibility (Hi-Viz) chain has become a cornerstone in the world of safety, bringing an essential level of visibility and assurance to workplaces and even leisure spaces globally. They have found their niche in varied applications, from adding a vibrant touch to playgrounds to construction sites.

Hi-Viz chains are used in various applications where enhanced visibility is required. For example, Hi-Viz chains ensure that individuals can spot potential hazards and confidently navigate their surroundings in a dimly lit warehouse or a construction site. It can mark boundaries, secure equipment, or lift heavy loads. If your work involves overhead lifting operations, you know how important it is to have a clear view of what’s happening. It helps prevent accidents by making the chain more noticeable and reducing the risk of collisions or accidents.

From overhead lifting operations and rigging to transportation and outdoor work, these chains provide workers with an added layer of safety. That’s why  Hi-Viz chain is essential for helping people live and work safely around the world. 


What is a Hi-Viz Chain?

Hi-Viz chain is a steel chain coated with a special powder that gives it a bright color that’s easy to spot in a low-light environment. The powder coating is applied using an electrostatic process, ensuring a uniform and durable finish. The powder coating also protects the chain from corrosion and weathering, making it more suitable for outdoor use. Laclede Chain offers two grades of Hi-Viz chain: Hi-Viz Grade 100 (Neon Yellow) and Hi-Viz Grade 120 (Neon Green). These grades are designed for overhead lifting applications and have higher strength than low carbon chains. 


Best Practices for Using Hi-Viz Chains

For all chain products, adhering to workload ratings and using the chain for its intended purpose is crucial. Hi-Viz chain is no exception. Even the strongest chain will become compromised and pose a major risk if it isn’t properly cared for. 

  • Always adhere to the workload ratings of the chain and never exceed its working load limit. 
  • Inspect the chain regularly for any signs of damage or wear and replace it if necessary.
  • Store chain in a dry, mild climate.

Proper chain maintenance preserves the quality and longevity of your Hi-Viz chain while ensuring safety.


Benefits and Limitations of Hi-Viz Coating

Hi-Viz coating enhances the visibility of overhead lifting chains, making them stand out in low light or low contrast environments where uncoated chain is difficult to see. Better visibility helps avoid accidents since employees can easily see the chain overhead.  

Color-coded coating also makes it easier to ensure the proper grade is used during the application. When all of your Grade 100 chain on a jobsite is neon yellow and Grade 120 is neon green, choosing the right chain for the job is easier than ever. Choosing the proper chain keeps a safer environment, and with Hi-Viz coating, it can be verified by visually observing the operation.


Choosing Quality Hi-Viz Chains

If you are looking for a high-quality Hi-Viz chain, choosing a domestic manufacturer that can deliver on time and quality is crucial. Some imported chains may have an inconsistent or inferior coating that may not last long or provide adequate visibility. 

A domestic manufacturer not only ensures timely delivery but also guarantees consistent quality and color that doesn’t vary from order to order. 

At Laclede Chain, we pride ourselves on producing powdered coated chains of the highest quality. Our state-of-the-art powder coat facility allows us to maintain tight control over color and quality from batch to batch consistently. This commitment to quality ensures that our customers receive the best Hi-Viz chains on the market. 


Need Hi-Viz Chain? Connect with Laclede Chain Today

Hi-Viz chains are more than just a safety tool; they are a testament to our commitment to providing the highest quality products that meet the needs of our customers. If you need Hi-Viz chains, connect with a Laclede Chain representative today.