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SYNTHETIC FIBRE SLINGS

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									                               INSPECT –RECHECK – USE – AND RECHECK THE INSPECTION




Synthetic fibre slings or ‘soft’ slings are regularly used in workplaces for the lifting and movement of loads in
conjunction with cranes.

While synthetic fibre slings may have certain advantages over wire rope and chain slings, they are susceptible t o
damage and can be cut if used over sharp edges or corners without protection.

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
Failure of synthetic slings may be caused by a number of factors:
•      inappropriate selection of slings in relation to the load
•      undersized slings
•      existing damage not detected prior to use
•      incorrect slinging techniques including excessive angles between legs of sling
•      excessive choke
•      use of synthetic slings without protective sleeve.

ACTION REQUIRED
    • Prior to the selection of slings, an assessment must be made as to the appropriate type of slings to be used.
        Where the load to be lifted has sharp edges or components (e.g. cleats), soft slings must not be used
        unless they are protected from the sharp edges.
•       Every time a sling is used, it must be inspected for signs of damage that could affect its safe use.
•       The Working Load Limit (WLL) with respect to the lifting configuration (hitches) must not be exceeded at
any time.
•       WLL must not be exceeded. The WLL of a sling depends on the included angle between the legs of the
slings, or in the case of choked hitch or basket hitch, the angle at the hitch.
•       The sling must be slung or reeved as per the manufacturer’s label or instruction

								
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