Poly Round Slings and the Importance of Summer Inspections
Between the integrity of our own production processes and the standards of performance of our partner vendors, we are making the workplace safe for work crews and lifting operations across the region and the country.
At Olsen Chain & Cable, we take pride in the unmatched quality of our lifting equipment. Our wide range of products along with the inspection and refurbishment services that we provide make it possible for lifting operations to stay safe and on task.
When it comes to managing your operation, summer weather can take a toll on more than just your people. Did you know that the sun can cause damage to your lifting equipment. When your operation depends on poly round slings, it’s important that you maintain a regular schedule of inspections and maintenance through the outdoor working season. When these slings are exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time, the UV rays can weaken the fabric and compromise the integrity of the sling.
Summertime’s UV rays can cause significant damage to your poly round slings. Because of this, we recommend two things:
When slings aren’t being used, make sure they’re stowed away and out of direct sunlight. Avoid storing them in places where they could be exposed to mechanical or chemical damage.
You should inspect slings daily according to OSHA-approved and ASME guidelines. When inspecting poly round slings, make sure you’re paying close attention to signs of obvious wear. If the fabric has torn or has areas that you notice are visibly weakened, stop using them immediately. And always remember these essentials in poly round sling inspections:
Make sure ID tags are present and readable
Check for melted, charred, or weld-splattered areas
Check for acid or alkali burns
Check for broken or damaged fittings
Check for excessive abrasive wear or elongation
Check for knots or brittle areas
Check hardware/fittings for wear and distortion
At Olsen Chain & Cable, we work on your behalf, providing the equipment, protection, and service that your operation depends on. We’re proud of our partnership with M&W, building some of the toughest lifting equipment in the industry that works on the job site and in manufacturing and shop environments.