How To Get The Most Out Of Synthetic Web Slings

How To Get The Most Out Of Synthetic Web Slings

Synthetic web slings are a great tool for heavy-duty lifting. But, like any other type of sling, they can cause injuries when used incorrectly. Here are a few safety tips to make the most of your synthetic web slings. Read on to learn how to properly use synthetic web slings and store them for long-term use.

Safety precautions:

Synthetic web slings are made from polyester or nylon fibres. Their durability is reduced with exposure to ultraviolet light and sunlight. The web sling tie-down association or the sling manufacturer can provide more information. In addition to degrading, these lifting devices are prone to cuts, rips, and abrasion. To minimize the risk of such damage, synthetic web slings should be protected by edge guards. These guards should be applied to all edges of the sling, including those that not load-bearing.

Maintenance:

The most effective way to ensure the proper maintenance of synthetic web slings is periodically inspect them. Periodic inspections should be performed by a trained person with the necessary knowledge and experience in sling maintenance. Depending on the type and use of the sling, periodic inspections can be done daily, once every shift, or every other time the sling is used. Periodic inspections should be conducted by qualified personnel at least once every year.

Testing:

Regularly inspecting synthetic web slings is essential for safety. If the sling is not performing up to standard, it may need to be inspected more often than once a year. This inspection must be documented as required by ASME B30.9. Employers must keep records of the most recent thorough inspection. While not required to keep separate records for each sling, failure will prevent the employer from meeting full OSHA compliance.

Calculating load weight:

The weight of the load determines a sling’s load-bearing capacity. To determine how much weight is safe for the sling, you must divide the total load by the number of legs and multiply the result by the angle of each leg. A total load of a sling should not be more than the rated capacity. To calculate the load-bearing capacity of a synthetic web sling, you need to know the load-bearing points.