Sling Safety. Objectives. Be familiar with regulations regarding slings. Understand safe sling use. Be able to identify and describe conditions necessitating sling’s replacement. . Three Types of Slings. Chain Slings Wire Rope Slings Synthetic Web Slings. Frequency of Sling Inspections.
All slings should are to be inspected each day prior to their use. This includes chain, wire rope and synthetic slings and their attachments, i.e. master links, alligators, clips, hooks, quick-alloys etc..
The load capacity of the sling is determined by its weakest component.
Never overload a sling.
Remember, the wider the sling legs are spread apart, the less the sling can lift!
1000 lbs Lift Capacity
707 lbs Lift Capacity
500 lbs Lift Capacity
Only chain slings purchased from the manufacturer are allowed.No homemade slings allowed!!
1) Wear pads.
2) Jaw locking mechanism whether spring action, or pull chain must be functional.
3) Pins on the alligator.
4) Attachment ring.
Remove alligators from service if the teeth are worn even with wear indicator teeth!
Slings should be stored off of the floor and hung on racks whenever possible in a clean, dry environment.
Never drag slings across the floor.
Always hook with a “closed hook” arrangement (hooks facing out).Safe Usage Practices
Never shock load slings. whenever possible in a clean, dry environment.
Keep loads balanced to prevent overloading slings.
Always lift loads straight up.
Never rest a load on a sling, or pinch a sling between the load and the floor.
A sling should not be pulled from under a load when the load is resting on the sling.
Make sure the hook is always over the center of gravity of the load before lifting it.
Do not apply a load to a twisted, knotted or kinked chain.
Do not force or hammer hooks or chains into position.Safe Usage Practices (Cont.)
Hands and Fingers shall not be placed between the sling and the load while the sling is being tightened around the load.
Clean chains regularly as dirt and grit can cause excessive wear at the link bearing points.
Never shorten a sling with knots, bolts or other makeshift devices.
Protect the chain’s surface from contact with sharp corners, which can cause permanent damage through gouging or abnormal stress and wear.Safe Usage Practices (Cont.)