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The advantages of web slings are many: light-weight, flexible, non-scratching and high strength just to name a few.  Because of these advantages tow operators depend on them daily for everything from recovery operations to securing vehicles.  To get the longest life from your slings they need to be protected from cutting, abrasion and harsh environments.  For most of us, the points below are standard practice.  But we hear from folks on a frequent basis that got in a hurry or have a new driver on the road that may have forgotten a point or two.  Here’s a re-fresher from our web sling suppliers.

  • Avoid using sling over sharp, small or rough edges without a wear pad
  • Load the sling slowly to avoid shock loading
  • Lift at or below the slings rated capacity
  • Protect the sling from heat over 200 degrees F
  • Never drag a sling over the road or rough surface to prevent abrasion
  • Prolonged exposure to UV light from the sun or welding will degrade a sling
  • Avoid contact with certain chemicals such as acids and caustics
  • Store slings in a clean, dry, dark location
  • Knots can reduce the strength by 50%

A pre-use inspection of the sling will help reveal any damage and help keep your operators safe.  Any cuts, abrasions, snags, melted fibers in the webbing; loose/broken stitching; faded webbing color or a illegible or missing tag are grounds to remove the sling from service.

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