The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's
(OSHA) has published a guide to assist employers and employees in the proper
selection, use, and maintenance of slings and in the recognition of hazards
associated with their use.
Why is this guide important?
From time to time almost all employees are involved in moving materials,
structures or products; these activities often lead to injuries, which in many
instances can be avoided by using safe materials handling practices. To avoid
sprains, strains, muscle pulls or more severe injuries including death,
whenever possible, ensure that mechanical means are used to move heavy, bulky
Equipment such as powered industrial trucks, cranes, hoists, and derricks are
used to aid in the movement of materials (especially large, bulky, or heavy
loads). These types of equipment use slings to hold their suspended loads.
This guide will offer information on the proper selection, use, and maintenance
Who should read this guide?
The handling of materials and finished products is key to the successful
operation of many industries, which use, manufacture, construct, and sell
materials, structures, or products. Anyone (including employers, employees,
safety professionals, and engineers) responsible for handling of or moving
materials and finished products from one location to another should read this
guide. This guide can help you identify and manage the hazards associated with
What type of hazards should I look for?
This guide will help employers and employees recognize hazardous conditions,
This guide will also help employers and employees identify and avoid hazardous
work practices, such as:
More detailed information is given on
AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration