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Follow These Recommendations for Safer Chain Sling Use:

Check #1—Inspections

Visually examine the sling before each use. Look for stretched, gouged, bent or worn links and components, including hooks, with open throats, cracks or distortion. If damaged, remove from service.

Chain Sling Guidelines: Inspections

Check #2—Balance

Know the load—determine the weight, center of gravity, angle and lift and select the proper size of sling.

Chain Sling Guidelines: Balance

Check #3—Overload

Never overload the sling—check the working load limit on the identification tag. Always consider the effect of Angle of Lift—the tension on each leg of the sling is increased as the angle of lift, from horizontal, decreases.

Chain Sling Guidelines: Overload

Check #4—Knots, Twists & Kinks

Make sure chain is not twisted, knotted or kinked before lifting load. Slings should not be shortened with knots, bolts or other make-shift devices.

Chain Sling Guidelines: Knots, Twists & Kinks

Check #5—Edges

Protect chain with padding when lifting edged loads.

Chain Sling Guidelines: Edges

Check #6—Abrupt Movement

Lift and lower loads smoothly. Do not jerk. Shock loading is prohibited!

Chain Sling Guidelines: Abrupt Movement

Check #7—High Temperatures

Do not expose alloy chain or sling to temperatures of 400° F (204° C) or higher.

Chain Sling Guidelines: High Temperatures

Check #8—Chain Care

Store slings properly on an A-Frame and protect chain slings from corrosion during storage. Do not drag slings on the floor.

Chain Sling Guidelines: Chain Care


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