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					                 Using Standing/Walking Sling
              CAUTION: Before every lift visually inspect the sling’s structural integrity.
              If there is any sign of damaged fabric or stitching do not use the sling.
              WARNING: Only use Standing slings with loop hanger bars.

Please familiarise yourself with this procedure before attempting any lifts. It is ESSENTIAL that the
correct sling fixing method is fully understood. Prepare the sling on suitable seating or by sliding
the sling under the seated client, at all times maintaining the clients comfort.

                  Fig.1   1. Put the sling on the client with the label at the back facing outwards.
                          Locate and clip the side buckles together ensuring the straps are not twisted
                          see Fig.1. Adjust the clips to provide a close fit to the clients upper body.
                          The small sling has one chest strap and the medium sling has two straps.

                          2. Position the long straps under the client and feed the clips through and
                          between the client’s legs. Fasten the clips to the front of the sling as shown
                          in Fig.2 making sure the straps are not twisted.

                          3. Slide the padding along the straps towards
                                                                                          Fig.2
                          the front of the sling. Position them accordingly
                          to provide comfort to the client.

                           4. Adjust the straps as shown in Fig.3 by
                           pulling the strap through the buckle. Tighten
 Fig.3
                           the straps to make the sling fits closely to the
                           client and is secure.

                            NOTE: ENSURE THE PADDING IS MOVED
                            ALONG THE STRAPS TO PROVIDE OPTIMAL
                            COMFORT FOR THE CLIENT



                           5. Re-check the position of the leg and side straps and make any further
                           adjustments as required to create a snug fit to the client.


                            NOTE: CHECK THAT THE SLING FITS CLOSELY                            Fig.5
                  Fig.4
                            TO THE CLIENT’S SHOULDER SEE Fig.4. THIS
                            WILL ALLOW THE CLIENT TO FEEL SAFE AND
                            COMFORTABLE IN THE SLING

                           6. Once the sling has been fitted correctly,
                           lower the hanger bar to a position behind the
                           client’s head.

                           7. Slide a strap over a hook at each end of the
                           bar as shown in Fig.5, making sure that the
                           straps are not twisted.


                              Symmetrikit is a division of The Helping Hand Company Limited,
                              Bromyard Road, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1NS
                              Tel: 01531 635388 Fax: 01531 638059
                              sales@helpinghand.co.uk www.helpinghand.co.uk                            RX10710 Issue 2
                      Sling Inspection Information
       The following notes and diagrams are the manufacturer’s recommended guide to inspection/examination
      procedures on slings. They help to ensure hoisting and lifting operations can be effected with confidence and
                                   that risk of accident due to sling failure is minimal.
       CAUTION: Before every lift visually inspect the sling’s structual integrity. If there is any sign of
                           damaged fabric or stitching do not use the sling.
  - Check all sling clip retaining straps for nicks, cuts or general material degredation - see sketch for inspection
  guidelines.

  - Check each of the sling clips for any sign of structural damage, fatigue or general material degredation.
  If in doubt, remove from service.

  - Minor damage in the main body of the sling may not render the sling unsafe from a strength point of view.

  - Discolouration may indicate fabric degredation and may indicate the need for a load test.
  Areas of stress
                                                            CAREFULLY EXAMINE
                                                              ALL STITCHING

                                                      This stitching
                                                      MUST be intact
                                                                                                     A few loose strands are
                                                       Maximum                                             acceptable
                                                      load 200Kg
                                 Check these
                                 areas for material
                                 degredation


       SHOULD YOU FIND A CONDITION OF WHICH YOU ARE UNSURE, THE
       SLING SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN FROM USE AND RETURNED TO THE                                      A visible nick in the strapping
             MANUFACTURER FOR APPRAISAL AND LOAD TESTING.                                          (even of only 1mm) should be
                                                                                                           deemed unsafe

A good guide to assessing the service life, which is ultimately more important than age, of the sling is a visual
inspection of the coloured binding and the labels to check for fading. Should you deem that there is fading,
which suggests that the sling has seen extensive service, future inspections should be made more stringently.

In order to achieve an effective examination, lay the sling on a flat surface. Examine the base material around
where the straps are affixed to. The stitching must be intact in these areas otherwise the sling is unsafe to use.

Minor holes in non-critical areas do not jeopardise the integrity of the sling but load testing is recommended
as the sling may have sustained other damage that is not visible to the eye.

The edge binding can fray, again this may not be critical but load testing would be recommended along with a
six monthly inspection.

Please do not use any sling unless it has been assessed by a competent individual and found to be suitable for a
client’s needs. A bi-annual programme of re-assessment and inspection should be implemented and full records
maintained. If you need assistance please do not hesitate to contact our Service Department on 01531 634 468.

                                  Symmetrikit is a division of The Helping Hand Company Limited,
                                  Bromyard Road, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1NS
                                  Tel: 01531 635388 Fax: 01531 638059
                                  sales@helpinghand.co.uk www.helpinghand.co.uk                                   RX10710 Issue 2

				
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