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Synthetic Web Sling Inspections: Your Path to Precision and Safety

By: Dawnerz


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Where precision and safety are paramount, the use of synthetic lifting slings plays a crucial role in lifting operations. Ensuring their safe use requires meticulous inspections and adherence to best practices. In this article, we'll explore the essential steps and guidelines for conducting inspections and maintaining synthetic web slings to keep your lifting operations efficient and hazard-free.

Pre-Use Inspection: The Foundation of Web Sling Safety

Before any lifting task, start with a thorough pre-use inspection, setting the stage for a safe operation:

  • Inspect the web sling for visible damage, deformities, or defects.
  • Choose the right sling for the job.
  • Never exceed the working load limit (WLL).
  • Secure your load to prevent shifting or falling.
  • Position the lifting point above the center of gravity.
  • Only allow approved, trained, and qualified personnel to operate lifting equipment.

Web Sling Inspections: Meeting Industry Standards

To ensure safety, web sling inspections must adhere to industry standards:

  • Designated personnel conduct inspections.
  • Industry standards include OSHA 1910.184 and ASME B30.9.
  • Best practice is to inspect slings upon receipt from the manufacturer.
  • Daily visual inspections ensure alignment with job requirements.
  • Periodic inspections occur every 12 months or more frequently based on usage, service conditions, and experience.
  • Maintain thorough inspection records per ASME B30.9

Web Sling Identification Tag: Vital Information

The sling's identification tag provides essential information:

  • Displays the manufacturer's name or trademark.
  • Includes the manufacturer's code or stock number.
  • Specifies the rated load and angle.
  • Indicates the type of synthetic web material and the number of legs.


Users must preserve sling identification tags throughout the sling's life.

Basic Inspection Criteria: Identifying Red Flags

Daily visual inspections aim to identify issues compromising sling integrity:

  • Address missing or illegible tags immediately.
  • Check for acid or caustic burns, melting, charring, holes, tears, cuts, worn stitching, excessive wear, and damaged fittings.
  • Follow ASME B30.9 standards for sling removal criteria.
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Disposal of Damaged Slings: The Final Step

Proper disposal of damaged slings is essential:

  • Immediately tag worn-out or damaged slings as "DO NOT USE."
  • Render slings inoperable by cutting the eyes.
  • For longer slings, cut them into shorter sections.
  • Remove or separate any tags or labels from the sling.
  • Dispose of scrap slings in your facility's recycling bins.

Maintaining Synthetic Web Slings: Ensuring Longevity

To extend the life of synthetic web slings, proper maintenance is essential:

  • Store slings off the ground in designated lockers or rigging boxes.
  • Ensure slings are used within temperature limits.
  • Consult experts before using slings in chemically active environments.
  • Protect slings from sunlight and ultraviolet light.
  • Employ edge and cut protection.
  • Keep slings clean to prevent material degradation.

Conclusion: A Commitment to Safety

In conclusion, synthetic lifting slings are invaluable tools in the industrial world, but their safe use depends on meticulous inspections, adherence to standards, and proper maintenance. By following the guidelines outlined in this article, you can enhance safety, extend sling life, and prioritize your team's well-being and lifting operations' integrity. Safety always comes first in every industrial endeavor.


If you want to know more about best practices for maintaining your synthetic web slings, speak to a member of our team, we're always here and happy to help in any way we can. Contact Dawnerz today, and let us ensure your lifting operations remain safe and efficient.

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