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Lift-It Manufacturing Develops Sling Protection Program

March 18, 2020
Mitigation of sling damage can ensure the safety of utility workers in all phases of utility operations.

Sling protection is a critical consideration for all load handling activities whenever sling damage may occur. While some sling types are more robust than others, “cut-proof” slings and/or sling protection does not exist.

Lift-It Manufacturing Co., Inc., Pomona, California, has completed a three-year project dedicated to testing and developing a “sling protection program” that when used properly will protect slings from cutting and abrasion damage.

Sling users, industry experts, safety and training professionals provided input which was used by a Human Factors Expert to develop five different sling protection user manuals. The six-page, sling protection user manuals contain warnings and guidance for the proper use and inspection of sling protection. Available in English and Spanish versions, the sling protection user manuals also are the basis for the Lift-It sling protection training program.

Michael J. Gelskey, Sr., Lift-It owner/CEO stated, “We have been passionate about promoting sling protection for 41 years. The copyrighted Lift-It sling protection user manuals will be donated to the Web Sling and Tie Down Association (WSTDA) and hopefully will become the genesis for a sling protection safety standard. Our gift is made with the sole expectation of assisting conscientious riggers in successful load handling activities and is a token of our appreciation to an industry that for many years has provided a livelihood for our Lift-It families."

Lift-it Manufacturing has provided rigging products for the last 41 years. Lift-It safety professionals provide training at the Lift-It Learning Center in Pomona, California, and also bring training programs to your location.

Additional information on sling protection, sling protection user manuals and/or training is available by emailing [email protected] or by calling 800.377.LIFT.

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