FAQ's

Frequently asked questions are listed below along with the corresponding answers. If you don't see your question, feel free to fill out the form under the contact page to email us your question.

Are your slings manufactured in the USA?

Yes, our slings are proudly made in Flat Rock, Michigan at our Corporate Headquarters and manufacturing facility. All of our distributors and users of our product are welcome to visit.

Do your slings comply with OSHA standards?

Yes, our slings and straps comply with all applicable OSHA, ASME, WSTDA, DOT and FMCSA standards.

What are the tagging requirements for slings?

ASME B30.9 tag requirements:

 

WEB SLINGS - 1) name or trademark of manufacturer 2) manufacturer's code or stock number 3) rated load for at least one hitch type and the angle upon which it is based 4) type of synthetic material 5) number of legs, if more than one

 

ROUND SLINGS - 1) name or trademark of manufacturer 2) manufacturer's code or stock number 3) rated load for at least one hitch type and the angle upon which it is based 4) core material 5) cover material, if different from core material 6) number of legs, if more than one

 

CHAIN SLINGS - 1) name or trademark of manufacturer 2) grade 3) nominal chain size 4) number of legs 5) rated loads for at least one hitch type and the angle upon which it is based 6) length/reach 7) individual sling identification (e.g., serial numbers)

 

WIRE ROPE SLINGS - 1) name or trademark of manufacturer 2) rated load for at least one hitch type and the angle upon which it is based 3) diameter or size 4) number of legs, if more than one

 

METAL MESH SLINGS - 1) name or trademark of manufacturer 2) rated load for at least one hitch type and the angle upon which it is based 3) width and gauge 4) number of legs, if more than one 5) individual sling identification (e.g., serial numbers)

Do my slings have to be inspected?

It is very important to inspect slings before each use. Serious injury or death could occur when using damaged slings.

 

ASME B30.9 requires a periodic inspection be performed every 12 months on all slings; a periodic inspection is completed by a designated person with documentation maintained from the most recent.

 

OSHA 1910.184 requires that chain slings be inspected every 12 months and a written record be kept on file for examination. There is no mention of a periodic inspection for synthetic, wire rope and metal mesh slings but we highly suggest following ASME recommendation to do so.

Do my sling hooks need to have safety latches?

No, safety latches are not required on sling hooks even if there is a hole for a latch on the hook. But please remember if you do use a latch, it is required the latch be in operating condition.

I have a sling that is damaged, can it be repaired?

It depends on which type of sling it is. Chain and metal mesh slings can be repaired. The outer cover on polyester round slings can sometimes be repaired. Web slings and wire rope slings cannot be repaired. In cases that the sling hardware is not damaged it can be reused to save money.

What grade of chain is acceptable for overhead lifting?

Grade 80 and grade 100 alloy chain is acceptable for overhead lifting.

 

For more information on the different grades of chain, you can view the National Association of Chain Manufacturers (NACM) welded steel chain specifications.

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