Roundslings are identified by the vertical rated load shown on the sling identification. The sizes in the first column have been adopted by the Web Sling & Tie Down Association to describe certain polyester roundslings. Source: www.osha.gov.
When lifting with a sling, ensure that it is hitched to control the load and that the load is balanced to prevent slippage. Personnel must be alert for possible snagging. Slings must not be constricted, bunched or pinched by the load, hook or any fitting. Sharp edges in contact with slings should be padded adequately to protect the sling. If using a choker hitch, the choke point should only be on the sling body, never on a splice or fitting.
Never rest your load on the sling or pull a sling out from under a load when the load is resting on the sling. Do not drag loads with a sling, and specifically do not drag slings on the floor or over abrasive surfaces. Never shorten or lengthen a sling by knotting, and avoid uses that twist or kink the sling. Always avoid shock loading.
In summary, OSHA has not changed its rules on slings, but has, rather, issued this guidance that adds discussion on one of the most commonly used slings today, the synthetic round sling. This article is meant as an overview. You should consult with your sling manufacturer to get specific recommendations and restrictions for your particular choice of synthetic round sling.
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