Visually examine the sling before each use. Look for stretched, gouged, bent or worn links and components, including hooks with open throats, cracks or distortion. If damaged, remove from service.
Protect the chain with padding when lifting sharp-edged loads.
As a general rule, the radius of the edge should be greater than 2x the chain diameter.
Know the load. Determine the weight, centre of gravity, angle of lift and select the correct size of sling.
Lift and lower loads smoothly. Do not jerk. Shock loading is prohibited!
Never overload the sling. Check the Working Load Limit on the identification tag. Always consider the effect of the angle of lift.
The tension of each lift is increased as the angle of lift, from horizontal, decreases.
Do not expose alloy chain slings to temperatures exceeding 200°C (refer chart & information on the previous page).
Chain slings must not be heat treated, galvanised or subjected to any other process involving heat.
Knots, Twists & Kinks
Make sure chain is not twisted, knotted or kinked before lifting the load. Slings should never be shortened with knots, bolts or other make-shift devices.
Store slings properly on an A-frame and protect chain slings from corrosion during storage. Do not drag slings on the floor.