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Materials Handling - Choosing Slings

What types of slings are used to lift loads?

What should you know or determine before choosing a sling?

Always determine:

  • The weight of the load.
  • The centre of gravity of the load.
  • The best slinging configuration that provides the proper balance for the load.
  • The working load limit of the sling.
  • The work rated load of the attachments and components of the sling.
  • Other physical characteristics of the load (geometry, sharp edges, surface temperature, etc.).
  • The environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, presence of corrosive agents).
  • The characteristics of different types of slings.

What should you know when using any type of sling?

Please see the individual documents (as listed above: wire rope, fibre rope, chain, synthetic, metal mesh) for information about:

  • How to care for the sling.
  • How to inspect the sling.
  • How to store the sling.
  • When to remove a sling from use.

Document last updated on September 5, 2013

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