Home made sling?

The question is does it look safe? According to the person who made it, they would say “YES”. My question to you is do you think it looks safe? Below are some pictures from recent sling inspection. There is one sling take special attention to the way it was made. The other pictures are of some of the bad slings found during the inspection.

Over the years I have inspected thousands of slings. Ranging from web, wire, synthetic, nylon, chain and even metal mesh. But every now and then along comes a creative person who has just enough wire and some cable clips and presto! Wire rope sling.

No matter what they were using it to pull, suspend, hold, or tug with, is it really safe and will anything bad happen? Who really knows? Well we do. We have pull tested all different types of slings to see if they meet the safety factor established by multiple entities that govern slings. What we have found is when manufactured correctly the slings met and exceeded the safety factor. But what is really interesting is that even when slings were cut, torn, holes, weld splatter etc… they came close or even sometimes exceeded the recommended working load limit (WLL).

But it is very safe to say that this sling (homemade) would not meet or exceed the safety factor established for wire rope slings.

If you are in need of having your slings inspected and want to make sure something like this is not lurking in your inventory, contact us at CCTI. 336.337.1043 or sales@cranetraininginternational.com

Safe rigging and safe slings makes for a safe day.

“Work hard, Play safe”

About CrewsCrane

President/CEO of CCTI, Inc. providing Crane, Hoist, and material handling training. Inspections, service and parts for Mobile and overhead crane. General and Construction Industry for 10 & 30 hr OSHA courses, aerial/scissor lifts, and forklift. Inventory of Hoists, Slings and Below the Hook Devices.
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