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    Wire Rope Sling Inspection Criteria

    Wire Rope Sling Inspection Criteria

    A specific procedure for sling inspection is the best safeguard against injury, death and property damage. It is important that you employ a three stage level of inspection to ensure that slings are inspected with appropriate frequency. It is also important that all inspections must be done by trained and qualified personnel.


    To detect possible damage, you should perform a visual inspection of the entire sling by making all parts of the sling readily visible. If necessary, remove dirt and grime so wires and components are visible. Look for any of the conditions listed in the Removal from Service Criteria. The following example depict some of the types of damage, but note that they are relatively extreme examples provided for illustration purposes only.


    If you identify ANY of these types of damage, remove slings from service immediately, even if the damage you see is not as extensive as shown. Slings that are removed from service must be destroyed and rendered completely unusable. Never ignore sling damage or attempt to perform temporary field repairs of damaged slings. It is very important that slings are regularly and properly inspected. If you are not sure whether or not a sling is damaged, DO NOT USE IT.

     

    Sling Damage Examples

    If you identify ANY of these types of damage in a sling, remove it from service immediately, even if the damage is not as extensive as shown. Slings that are removed from service must be destroyed and rendered completely unusable. Never ignore sling damage or attempt to perform temporary field repairs of damaged slings. It is very important that slings are regularly and properly inspected. If you are not sure whether or not a sling is damaged, DO NOT USE IT.