Safety Focus of the Week: Basic Rigging – Synthetic Slings (Revisited)
Synthetic Slings are useful in a variety of lifting projects where the slings can be protected from hot work, excessive heat, caustic environments, and abrasive surfaces. Basic polyester and nylon web slings for small to medium lifts are relatively inexpensive and are useful in a variety of applications. Heavy lifts often use a specialty synthetic, such as the Twin-Path slings with a proprietary K-Spec yarn core. The Twin-Path slings are available in vertical capacities ranging from 10,000 lb to 600,000 lbs! Synthetic slings are also available in a variety of lengths, capacities, coverings, and eyelet styles.
The following link is good reference for the Twin-Path Slings: http://www.slingmax.com/twin-path_use_and_care.htm
For a general review of Synthetic Sling Inspection, check out our May 31, 2012 Maintenance Tip: http://www.engineersconstruction.com/employee/fleet-maintenance-tips/maintenance-tip-inspecting-synthetic-web-slings/
And remember to inspect the sling prior to each lift.