Guidance on safe sling use

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
of slings.

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
sling use.

What type of hazards should I look for?

This guide will help employers and employees recognize hazardous conditions,
such as:

  • Improper sling or attachments for the type of load to be lifted and the
    environment in which it is being lifted;
  • Worn slings and attachments or those with damage such as cracks, kinks,
    bends, cuts, gouges, and frayed fibers; and
  • Improper storage of slings and misuses such as resting of loads on the sling
    or dragging of slings across abrasive floors.

This guide will also help employers and employees identify and avoid hazardous
work practices, such as:

  • Riding slings or walking under suspended loads; and
  • Using improperly repaired or reconditioned slings and attachments or slings
    and attachments that must be removed from service.

More detailed information is given on

  • Alloy Steel Chain Slings
  • Wire Rope Slings
  • Metal Mesh Slings
  • Natural and Synthetic Fiber Rope Slings
  • Synthetic Web Slings
  • Synthetic Round Slings

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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration