#YHSafetyTips - Safe Use of Slings

Posted by Ashley Bechtel in #YHSafetyTips, Nov 09, 2016

When using slings in your facility, you want to make sure that they are safe for use.

Always make sure that your slings are inspected before each use, the operator is trained to use the slings correctly, and that they are being stored according to OSHA’s guidelines.

You want to make sure that your slings are inspected before each use. This is important because damage can happen at any time, and you do not want to use a damaged sling. Things you want to look for include:

  • Missing or illegible identification
  • Acid or caustic burns
  • Melting or charring of any part of the sling
  • Holes, tears, cuts, or snags
  • Broken or worn stitching in load bearing splices
  • Excessive abrasive wear
  • Knots in any part of the sling
  • Discoloration and brittle or stiff areas on any part of the sling
  • Pitted, corroded, cracked, bent, twisted, gouged, or broken fittings
  • Other conditions that cause doubt as to continued use of a sling

If any of the above signs are present, remove the sling from use immediately. Using a damaged sling can result in damage to the load or nearby machinery or harm to any people that are nearby.

When using your slings, OSHA has a lot of requirements to ensure that they are safe. A few of those requirements include:

  • Slings should not be shortened with knots or bolts or other makeshift devices
  • Slings should not be loaded with weight that exceeds their rated capacities
  • Make sure the slings are securely attached
  • Slings should be padded or protected from the sharp edges of the load
  • All employees should be kept clear of loads about to be lifted and/or suspended
  • Do not pull the sling from under the load when the load is resting on the sling

When storing slings for future use, make sure that they are stored properly. Below are the guidelines that OSHA recommends:

  • Store slings in an area where they will not be subjected to mechanical, chemical, or ultraviolet damage, or to extreme temperatures
  • When slings are exposed to extreme temperatures, follow the guidance provided by the manufacturer or qualified person
  • Consult with the manufacturer for recommended inspection procedures when nylon or polyester webbing slings are extensively exposed to sunlight or ultraviolet light

There is a lot of additional information on OSHA’s website, to view more information regarding safe use, click here. To view more information about proper storage, click here.

Check back next week where we will discuss the safe use of ladders.

If you missed last weeks post on appropriate attire in the work place, click here.

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