Sling Operating Practices and Load Control
Operating Practices – ANSI B30.9
Whenever any sling is used, the following practices shall be observed.
- Slings that are damaged or defective shall not be used.
- Slings shall not be shortened with knots or bolts or other makeshift devices.
- Sling legs shall not be kinked.
- Slings shall not be loaded in excess of their rated capacities.
- Slings used in a basket hitch shall have the loads balanced to prevent slippage.
- Slings shall be securely attached to their load.
- Slings shall be padded or protected from the sharp edges of their loads.
- Suspended loads shall be kept clear of all obstruction.
- All employees shall be kept clear of loads about to be lifted and of suspended loads.
- Hands or fingers shall not be placed between the sling and its load while the sling is being tightened around the load.
- Shock loading is prohibited!
- A sling shall not be pulled from under a load when the load is resting on the sling.
Inspection: Each day before being used, the sling and all fastenings and attachments shall be inspected for damage or defects by a competent person designated by the employer. Additional sling inspections shall be performed during sling use where service conditions warrant. Damaged or defective slings shall be immediately removed from service.
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