Knots, Twist & Kinks
After you have read the sling tag, and
have determined it has a rating equal
to or greater than the weight of the
lift, check each branch of the sling to
make sure the chain assembly has no
twists, knots or kinks. If you do not
remove the twists, knots or kinks before
lifting, the stress caused may cause failure
to the chain now or at a later use. Remember,
the definition of Working Load Limit? It’s “the maximum
load that shall be applied in direct tension to a new and undam
length of chain.” That means straight line pull. No Twists,
Knots or Kinks! Also the chain may have been abused by a
previous user so always check it for nicks or damage before
lifting. Safety only takes minutes, an injury can last a lifetime.
Unbalanced loads should
always be avoided. Also
make sure you center
the master link on
the lifting hook.
Do not force sling
hooks into the
lifting points on the
load. Tip loading of
hooks will reduce the capacity of the
sling and can damage the hook.
Do not shorten a sling leg with a knot, bolt
or other makeshift device in order to get
the load in balance. Balance is particularly important.