Safety and Lifting Slings
A lifting sling has a purpose, which is to move bulky, large, and heavy loads. Slings are used because lifting without them can be difficult and sometimes not even possible. Lifting slings makes a direct connection between the load and the lifting equipment being used. Although these slings are used to make lifting more accessible, they can make lifting more dangerous if the straps are misused. Anytime a sling is used for lifting, it is essential that users take concrete steps and precautions.
A lifting sling should be inspected before every use (including the first time). A damaged sling can break while lifting loads. Dropping loads can harm people, products, and the environment.
Different sling styles and sizes exist, and so not all can be used interchangeably. When it comes to lifting tools, you need the right sling for the job. Webbing slings have a full surface, which can help to protect larger loads.
Never exceed the working limit for a load. All lifting devices, like cranes and hoists, are rated for the weight they can carry. Lifting slings are calculated similarly. If you are lifting an object that is roughly 18 tonnes, you will want to acquire slings that have a WLL (working load limit) of 20 tonnes.
Secure all loads before lifting. Take a few extra moments before lifting to ensure that slings are all securely attached to loads.
Lifting points should always be directly above the center of gravity. Make sure the center of gravity is determined before lifting.