Metal mesh slings are set apart by their ability to grip loads firmly without excessive stretching and balances loads more evenly. These slings are commonly used in metalworking and in industries where loads are abrasive or hot. Metal mesh slings differ from nylon and wire rope slings as they resist cutting and abrasion.
Here are some tips to safe metal mesh sling use:
- Identify the sling that will be best for your metalworking job
- Choose the proper capacity or rated load for your job
- Be sure that your attachments and components, such as end fittings, with the same rated load as the actual sling
- Daily inspect your sling, and designate a point person to take charge of this; maintain more extensive inspections monthly and yearly
- It is possible to use damaged slings, but only if they are repaired properly and proof tested by the manufacturer or qualified person
- Keep workers safe by ensuring that all portions of the body are kept away from the metal slings
- Keep slings stored in areas where they will not be subjected to extreme environmental or chemical extremes
Use these tips to ensure safety and efficiency when using metal mesh slings for your metalworking projects.
7 Tips for Safe Metal Mesh Sling Use is taken as a summary of the article Guidance on Safe Sling Use. Read the full article in Slingmaker, Issue 114 pages 13 and 45
The tips listed in this blog post are a summary of a previously posted article in Sling Maker magazine and should not be used as a replacement for professional service. To find an AWRF professional please visit the AWRF member directory.