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April 29, 2013

Crane Slings Aren't as Simple as They Seem

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Cranes, winches and similar lifting devices are a common sight on construction sites and in industrial settings. But workers aren’t always fully aware of the hazards involved with the slings that allow cranes to lift and hold materials. There are many types of slings made from a variety of materials, because not every type or material is correct for every task or situation.

Choosing the wrong sling or using one incorrectly can result in damage to the load, stresses on the crane or winch or injuries to workers in the surrounding area. That’s why it’s important to choose the right type of sling and to follow safe operating procedures. It also explains why OSHA has established very specific rules about sling selection, inspection and use. The safety experts at Safety Management Group have prepared a helpful article that explains the basic concepts addressed in those rules. Read more about sling safety here, or browse Crane Safety signs and labels here.

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