OSHA Requirements Applicable to All Slings

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Safe Operating Practices

  • Inspect slings prior to each use and do not use if damaged.
  • Slings shall not be loaded in excess of their rated capacities. Rated capacities must be shown by markings or tags attached to all slings.
  • Loads shall be rigged to prevent slippage.
  • Slings shall be securely attached to the load.
  • The angle of lift must be considered in all lifts in order to not exceed rated capacity.
  • Slings shall be padded or otherwise protected from sharp edges of the load.
  • Lift must be stable and balanced with respect to the load.
  • Do not point load hooks - center load in base of hook.
  • Suspended loads shall be kept clear of all obstructions.
  • All persons shall be kept clear of loads to be lifted, and suspended load.
  • Do not shock load. Jerking the load could overload the sling and cause it to fall.
  • Hands and fingers shall not be placed between the sling and load while the sling is being tightened around the load. After lifting, the load should not be pushed or guided by employees hands directly on the load. Ropes or "tag lines" should be attached for this purpose.
  • A sling shall not be pulled from under a load when the load is resting on the sling. Before a load is lifted, a place should be prepared where it is to be put down. Lumber can be used to allow space to remove the sling and prevent shifting of the load.
  • Temperature and chemical environment must be considered.
  • Slings shall not be shortened with knots, bolts, or makeshift devices.
  • Sling legs shall not be kinked or twisted.
  • Slings shall not be dragged on the floor.
  • Slings shall be stored in cool, dark, and dry areas, preferably on racks.