Using Webbing Slings to Lift Heavy Loads

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Using webbing slings to lift loads makes it easier, safer and more efficient. This is the best way to ensure that you will be able to lift heavy loads and, most importantly, to do so safely. It’s essential that you use the right lifting slings and other complementary equipment in order to complete the lifts you need to, in the safest and most efficient way. Nothing is more important than safety, after all, so this always needs to be your primary focus. It is reassuring to know that there are many different kinds of lifting sling available, so you will be able to find a solution, at the right price, for better processes all round.

Lifting slings made from webbing come in different capacities with various specifications. It’s important you work with these specifications so that you know exactly what you are buying and whether it will be right for use on your sites, with lifting equipment such as cranes and hoists. This means that you first need to understand the processes you will be completing and the lifts you carry out on a regular basis, so you know which slings to purchase. For people who regularly use cranes and lifting equipment, this shouldn’t be difficult to work out and understand. If you do need more support in choosing the right equipment, there should be plenty of people on site you can ask – nobody should be using lifting equipment and supervising others unless they are fully trained and competent. This falls into the remit of LOLER and PUWER, regulations that are in place to ensure the safety of all involved in lifting processes. These dictate that only trained, competent people must use equipment such as lifting slings and cranes, to ensure the safety of everyone.

The different kinds of webbing slings

Webbing slings are often categories by colour, depending on their capacity. Different brands might also have different colours and specifications, so do check before you purchase, as there are some differences between companies and manufacturers. You can get lifting slings available up to some very larger capacities – some up to 15 Tonnes or more (they will usually be made up of four layers, or double duplex.)

These are some of the main choices you will make when selecting webbing slings:

  • Brand – there are various brands you can select
  • Wear sleeves – these can be incorporated for different load points
  • Regulations and conformities – check you know what is required
  • Usage – think about what you will be using the slings for. Some are made specifically for certain kinds of components, for example.
  • Price – some small webbing slings start at around £1.50 – they can be very cheap if this is important
  • Compatibility – understand how your slings will be used on site and what lifting equipment they will be used alongside

Once you have purchased webbing slings, keep them in good condition. Carry out visual checks, and make sure they are safe and ready to use before each lift you carry out. Never use a sling that is worn, or that you suspect might not be compatible with your load.