• Store and handle wire rope slings correctly.
• Inspect wire rope slings and accessories before use and before
placing into storage.
• Follow safe slinging practices, as given overleaf.
• Fit slings carefully, protect them from sharp edges and
position hooks to face outward from the load.
• Apply the correct mode factor for the slinging arrangement.
• Back hook free legs to the master link.
• Attempt to shorten, knot or tie wire rope slings.
• Force, hammer or wedge slings or their fittings into position.
• Lift on the point of the hook.
• Use wire rope slings in acidic conditions without consulting
• Use wire rope slings at temperatures above 100°C or below
minus 40°C without consulting the supplier.
• Shock load wire rope slings.
Wire rope slings are available in a range of sizes and
assemblies, select the slings to be used and plan the lift
following into account:
Type of sling to be used - endless, single, two, three or four
- the sling must be both long enough and strong enough for the
load and the slinging method.
Apply the mode factor for the slinging method.
For use at temperatures exceeding 100°C or below minus 40°C
refer to the suppliers instructions.
Where slings may come into contact with acids or chemicals
consult the supplier.
In the case of multi-leg slings the angle between the legs
should not be less than 30° or exceed the maximum marked.
Multi-leg slings exert a gripping force on the load which must
be taken into account, this increases as the angle between the
Due to the possibility of sparking, the use of aluminium is
restricted in certain classified atmospheres, so ensure the
ferrule is suitable for such conditions.
Handling Wire Rope Slings
Never return damaged or contaminated slings to storage. They
should be dry, clean and protected from corrosion.
Store wire rope slings on a rack and not lying on the ground.
The storage area should be dry and free of any contaminates
which may harm the sling.
Do not alter, modify or repair a wire rope sling but refer such
matters to a Competent Person.
Rope Slings Safely
Do not attempt lifting operations unless you understand the use
of the equipment, the slinging procedures and the mode factors
to be applied.
Do not use defective slings or accessories.
Do not force, hammer or wedge slings or fittings into position.
They must fit freely. Check to ensure correct engagement of
fittings and appliances.
Position hooks of multi-leg slings facing outward from the load.
Do not lift on the point of a hook.
Ensure that the wire rope is not twisted or knotted.
Ensure the effective diameter of pins, hooks etc upon which soft
eyes fit is at least 2 x the wire rope diameter.
Position the splices of endless slings in the standing part of
the sling away from hooks and fittings.
Never join wire rope slings made from different lays of rope
together as this will cause them to un-lay thus seriously
affecting their capacity.
Back hook free legs to the master link to avoid lashing legs
which might accidentally become engaged or otherwise
become a hazard.
Take the load steadily and avoid shock loads.
Do not leave suspended loads unattended. In an emergency cordon
off the area.
Inspection and Maintenance
Maintenance requirements are minimal. Keep wire rope slings
clean and protect from corrosion. Use non-acidic lubricants
Regularly inspect wire rope slings and, in the event of the
following defects, refer the sling to a Competent Person for
thorough examination: illegible markings; distorted, worn or
damaged fittings; broken or cut wires; kinks; protrusion of
core; corrosion; heat damage or discolouration; signs of
movement at splices and ferrules; any other visible defect to
the wire rope, thimbles or fittings.