Program Overview

Slings are used in conjunction with other material handling equipment to move materials from one location to another by hoisting.  Slings are generally one of six types: chain, wire rope, metal mesh, natural fiber rope, synthetic fiber rope, or synthetic web. In general, use and inspection procedures tend to place these slings into three groups: chain, wire rope and mesh, and fiber rope web with each type having its own advantages and disadvantages. When selecting slings, it is important to consider the size, weight, shape, temperature, and sensitivity of the material to be moved, as well as the environmental conditions under which the sling will be used.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulates the inspection, maintenance, and use of slings in 29 CFR 1910.184.


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