Follow These Recommendations for Safer Chain Sling Use:
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.
Know the load—determine the weight, center of gravity, angle and lift and select the proper size of sling.
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.
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.
Protect chain with padding when lifting edged loads.
Check #6—Abrupt Movement
Lift and lower loads smoothly. Do not jerk. Shock loading is prohibited!
Check #7—High Temperatures
Do not expose alloy chain or sling to temperatures of 400° F (204° C) or higher.
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.