Strength & Flexibility in Lifting

Chain Slings Maintenance

Care and Use Tips

Care and Use - Chain Slings

  • Never exceed the working load limit of a chain sling.
  • All fittings and attachments must have a working load limit (WLL) equal to or greater than that of the chain; if not, the assembly must be rated at the WLL of the weakest component.
  • Do not rest or drop the load on the chain.
  • Eliminate all twists, knots or kinks before lifting.
  • Do not point load hooks – load should be seated properly within the throat opening and centered in the bowl of the hook.
  • Balance the load to avoid undue stress on one leg of a multi-leg sling.
  • Never bounce, jerk or shockload a sling when lifting or lowering the load. Remove slack by slowly applying the load to the chain.
  • Use pads and sleeves around sharp corners.
  • Never force or hammer hooks or chain into position.
  • Never anneal alloy chain slings.
  • Do not use in acid solutions. Consult manufacturer for recommendations.
  • If possible, avoid extreme temperatures (under 20°F or over 350°F).
  • Temporary and permanent reductions to working load limits occur when chain slings are used at high temperatures.
  • Return slings to us to ensure proper repair procedures are followed.
  • Clean chain slings regularly since dirt and grit can cause wear at link bearing points.
  • Protect chain from corrosion.
  • Store chain from corrosion.
  • Store chain slings in clean, dry areas, preferably by hanging on racks or A-frames; slings stored on floors are subject to abuse.
  • Institute a continuous inspection program to maximize sling life expectancy.