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REMOVAL CRITERIA Do you now the criteria to remove a high performance HMPE slings from service?

Introduction text ±45-65 wrd

Never use slings when facing these damages and situations:

  • Missing or illegible tag for sling identification
  • Acid or caustic burns
  • Evidence of heat damage
  • Melting, charring or weld spatters are present on any part of the roundsling
  • Excessive abrasive wear
  • Holes, tears, cuts, snags or embedded articles
  • Broken or worn stitching in the cover which exposes core fibers
  • Broken or damaged core yarn
  • Knots in any part of the sling
  • Discoloration, brittle or stiff areas on any part of the sling, which may indicate chemical, heat or sunlight (ultraviolet) damage
  • Fittings that display excessive pitting, corrosion, or are cracked, bent, twisted, gouged or broken
  • Other conditions and/or visible damage that cause doubt as to the continued use of the sling
  • The production date of the sling must not be older than 10 years

Frequent Inspection

The inspection to above mentioned points should be made by the person handling the sling before each moment the sling is used. Enduro Softslings arranges training courses, workshops and presentations for users of slings to understand details how to inspect high performance HMPE slings in the correct manner.

Periodic Inspection 

This inspection should be conducted by the designated competent personnel (e.g. Enduro service technicians or persons who are certified by the manufacturer of the HMPE slings). Inspection is made regarding earlier mentioned points from the view of the product specialist, plus a check on presence and validity of the certificate. 

Enduro Softslings carries out inspections and repairs at their head office and on site/on board ships. Major repairs are usually carried out at Enduro Softslings head office. Minor repairs or emergency repairs can be done on site/onboard.

A report is to documented as a reference for future inspections in the life cycle of the HMPE slings.

Save inspection records

All periodic inspection records are strongly advised to be stored in a proper electronic system, i.e. inspection data management software easily accessible for all users of slings and inspection companies. In this way all inspections, repairs and monitored condition is available throughout the lifecycle of the sling.

Hoisting and Rigging Hazards

Proper use of high performance HMPE slings can make the difference between life and death.

A safe rigging operation requires the rigger to know:

  • The weight of the load and rigging hardware. 
  • The capacity of the hoisting device(s). 
  • The working load limit of the softslings. 

This information is printed on the label of the sling, and is also stated on the corresponding certification.

If the Working Load Limit (W.L.L.) is not known, don’t assume. Know the working load limits of the equipment being used. Never exceed these limits. When in doubt consult you engineering dept. or manufacturer. When only a Minimum Breaking Load (M.B.L.) is stated (for engineered lifts) consult your engineering dept. or manufacturer. Riggers must be aware of elements that can affect hoisting safety, factors that reduce capacity, safe practices in rigging, lifting, and landing loads.

Weather conditions 

When the visibility is low by snow, fog, rain, darkness, or dust, extra caution must be exercised. For example, operate in “all slow” and if necessary, the lift should be postponed. Enduro Softslings manufactures slings with high visibility stripes or markers. Be aware that at sub-freezing temperatures, loads are likely to be frozen to the ground or on structure they are resting on. Avoid shock-loading at any time.

Storage and handling

Observe the following instructions and regulations for proper storage and handling of slings before and after lifting to prolong the life. When you don’t properly store and handle your lifting slings, you increase the chances of a dropped load, damaged property, injury, or worse.

  • Never let the load rest on the round sling, this may cause damage to the sling
  • Take care when unpack slings from a transport box and avoid that slings does not get caught anywhere (snagging hazards).  Nails or other sharp items can damages the sling.
  • Don’t position unused slings near transport movement areas, to avoid that vehicles will drive over and damage slings.
  • Avoid Exposing Slings to Extreme Temperatures. Slings are susceptible to damage and performance reduction when exposed to extreme temperatures. Exposure to heat or extreme cold can diminish the strength of the sling material and reduce the rated load capacity.
  • Prevent slings will be exposed prolonged to Sunlight and UV Light during storage. Check before use for faded areas and use your hands to feel for areas that have become stiff or brittle. Ultraviolet light damage will significantly degrade the performance of the sling.
  • Keep the slings clean and free of debris. When dirt, stones, and debris get inside of a sling, they can cause friction and abrasion and begin to wear out the sling from the inside out.
  • Don’t store slings in a chemically active environment. This can affect the strength of the sling material in varying degrees, ranging from little to total degradation.
  • Always contact the manufacturer with any questions or concerns about maintaining, storing, and protecting your slings

Proper care will extend the service life of the slings and get a better return on your investment. Regular inspection of slings can identify a potential issue before a failure causes an accident, near-miss, injury, or damage to property.

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