The following six points briefly summarize some important safety issues. All sling users shall be trained in the following areas:

  • Sling Selection – Understand the limitations of each sling type and their associated rigging materials.
  • Sling Inspection – Understand how to properly inspect slings, so damaged slings can immediately be removed from service.
  • Prevention of Sling Damage – Know how to prevent sling damage, including how to properly protect them from being cut or damaged from direct contact with corners, edges, protrusions, or abrasive services.
  • Proper Use of Slings – Each sling user shall be competent in considering all risk factors prior to lifting a load, and be able to verify that each sling will not be loaded in excess of its rated capacity.
  • Remaining Alert When Lifting Loads – Whenever using slings, all personnel shall be trained to remain alert, and stand clear of any lifted load.
  • Proper storage of slings – Users should know where to store slings in an environment where they will not become damaged, such as by exposure to heat, chemicals, and sunlight, or other UV Light.Users should read, understand and follow the information contained in this publication, as well as all applicable state, federal, and OSHA regulations and ASME B30 guidelines.