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Recommended Operating Practices

  • All users must be trained and knowledgeable in sling selection, use and inspection of slings, cautions to  personnel, environmental factors and rigging practices.

  • Know the weight of your load.

  • Use a sling with characteristics meant for the type of load, hitch and environment with which you are working.

  • Never ride a sling or load.

  • Never load a sling in excess of its rated capacity. Always consider working load limit reduction factors such as angle and/or tension.

  • Never tie or knot a sling, or use a sling with a knot in it.

  • Protect the sling from being cut by corners, edges and abrasive surfaces by using wear pads or sleeves of sufficient strength to prevent damage to sling.

  • Ensure the sling is securely attached to the lifting point.

  • Do not stand near or under a suspended load and keep it clear of other obstructions.

  • Do not drag a sling across the floor, over abrasive surfaces,  or from under a load.

  • Do not shock (jerk) load when lifting.

  • Take damaged slings out of service immediately.

  • Liftex® always recommends that synthetic slings be  protected by appropriate wear protection:

    • Sewn-On Wear Pads

    • Sliding Sleeves

    • Quick Sleeves

    • Edge Wrap

    • Eye Buffers

    • Pro-Corner

  • Protection can come in the following materials:

    • Buffer Web

    • Heavy Duty Sling Web

    • Leather

    • Super Pad Felt

    • PVC Belting

    • Pro-Corner

    • DYNEEMA®


Additional Resources


Additional resources to ensure that you are properly trained and knowledgeable regarding the safety and use of synthetic slings include,  but are not limited to:

  • WSTDA-WS-1: Recommended Standard Specifications for Synthetic Web Slings

  • WSTDA-RS-1: Recommended Standard for Synthetic Polyester Roundslings

  • WSTDA-T-1: Recommended Standard for Synthetic Web Tie Downs

  • ASME B30.9: Synthetic Webbing Slings: Selection, Use and Maintenance

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.184 — Slings

  • Rigging Handbooks

  • OSHA Guidance on Safe Sling Use.

  • Formal training provided by manufacturer or outside entities.

  • Please see our Resources page for more information

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