A new guide on the selection and use of slings when handling and moving materials was recently issued. The document, Guidance on Safe Sling Use, updates the 1975 standard by including information on synthetic round slings, and newer grade materials being used in alloy steel chain and wire rope slings.
Improper selection and use of slings can result in sling failure or load slippage which can lead to injuries or death. According to OSHA accident data, there were four fatalities from 1994 to 1996 due to the misuse or failure of slings.
For other sources and guidance on slings and their use go to the links below:
1) Slings – General Requirements (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2004-101/chklists/r1n59s~1.htm)
2) Slings – Steel Chain, Wire Rope, and Metal Mesh (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2004-101/chklists/r1n60s~1.htm)
3) Slings – Natural Rope, Synthetic Rope, and Synthetic Web (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2004-101/chklists/r1n61s~1.htm)
OSHA Web page (http://www.osha.gov