The eye bolt (otherwise known as a lifting eye bolt or eyelet) is a type of bolt with a loop at one end. They are used for a wide variety of material lifting applications and may either pivot or swivel. The securing eye must be securely attached to the structure before ropes or cables are tied for lifting. In some instances, there will be a purpose-made hole for the eye bolt. The load may also have to be attached to a hole designed for alternative use, such as the stud.
Previously, eye bolts securely attached to the load were left in place, effectively becoming part of the load. However, it is now quite common for the detachable lifting points to be used as accessories. Legislation in different countries stipulates the need for eye bolts to be reliable and of good quality. It is necessary to carry out regular inspections to ensure that standards are met. Additionally, it is generally recommended that you detach the eye bolts, fill the holes, and store in suitable conditions until they are needed.