Have you Inspected Your Slings and Straps Lately?

Lifting devices are a critical aspect of material handling and safety in our precision machining shops.


Inspection of all lifting devices was a monthly “must do” when I was supervisor at the steel company. Is it even an assigned responsibility to anyone in your shop?

Here is a photo of a strap I found. Would you like it to be holding a 4,000-lb bundle of steel over your half million dollar (or so) production machine as it carried barstock to the job? (I’m sure that you’ve already trained (and documented that training for everyone on your crew to never be “caught beneath” any overhead lift.)

Rigging and lifting devices are an important responsibility. Who has it in your shop? Can you show me records of their diligence?


Originally posted on PMPA Speaking of Precision blog.