Safe Operating Practices for Wire Rope Slings
There are many hazards associated with using nylon slings and other synthetic slings. Knowing what to look for and when helps to drastically reduce the potentiality for a dangerous situation to occur. Much of this responsibility lies with employees and employers. Any potential stoppage in production because of injury and damage to property directly and profoundly affects business and the bottom line. The only way to reduce injury and damage in the workplace is to ensure safe operating practices for wire rope slings.
One of the most important things for a boss or manager is to make sure that only well-trained and well-educated employees operate lifting machinery and tools—like nylon slings and wire ropes. These individuals know to use only the proper slings and attachments, and they know what to inspect. They should also be trained in the proper storage of slings and recognize miss uses immediately. So much responsibility is in the hands of these individuals. Below, we want to highlight a few dues and don’ts of safe operating practices for wire rope slings.
- Always handle and store ropes correctly, which can change depending on the material and construction of ropes.
- Follow all OSHA and OSHA state-approved recommendations.
- Take the time to protect slings from all sharp edges that could potentially damage materials.
- Always apply the correct mode factor when thinking about sling arrangement.
- Under no circumstances should a wire rope ever be tied, shortened, or knotted Because doing this will severely diminish the quality of the rope.
- Regardless of the construction material, wire ropes should not be used in temperatures above 212°F or below or -40°F.
- Do not use or keep wire rope swings in acidic conditions unless the supplier confirms materials can work in those environments.
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