Lifting Accessories

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Some general risk reduction measures that should be taken when slinging loads.

All Lifting equipment should be checked and an Inspection Record kept.

Risk Reduction can be achieved by:-

  • Slinger/Signaler must assess all loads for size, shape, weight, and the Centre of Gravity
  • The correct lifting tackle must be selected to match the load type and size.
  • Ensure all lifting accessories are clearly identifiable with the SWL (safe working load) clearly marked and if required colour coded.
  • All accessories must have a current thorough examination certificate and copies held on site.
  • All accessories must be inspected before use; any damaged items to be taken out of service and removed.
  • Accessories must be securely attached and the SWL must not be exceeded, the lifting vehicle, crane or excavator for example to have the SWL clearly marked.
  • Only trained and competent persons to sling and unsling all loads
  • Chains and ropes must not have joints or knots, and under no circumstances should equipment not made for the purpose used.
  • All lifts under constant supervision and control of qualified Slinger/Signaler who should wear a colored HI-Vis vest or jacket that clearly identifies him.
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