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Date PostedNovember 14, 2012

Safe Lifting with Soft Slings

Lifting is a dangerous enough act but lifting with soft slings can be even more dangerous. Workers should never stand under a suspended load, even workers involved in the lifting. Anyone working or visiting a site should be informed of this.

Also workers should never ride on top of the load being lifted. Workers should be careful about where they stand in relation to a load when lifting is occurring because the load may slip or fall and hit into them. Workers should never stand with their backs to the load.

Workers engaged in the lifting must lift vertically to avoid the load swinging horizontally when lifting off the ground and never use the equipment to drag the goods.

Experts also say the load should be positioned in such a way that it makes removal of the lifting equipment easy so that force is not needed. Workers should always avoid choke-hitching because loads can easily tip over.

Once everything is attached, begin by test-lifting the load slowly and carefully off the ground. While doing this check that it is still safe to lift the load and check the angles before continuing. Make sure that the load is distributed as evenly as possible.

It is often overlooked that as the lifting angle grows the pressure increases and must be managed accordingly. Wrapping should be used when securing goods together if they consist of separate parts, to prevent the load from unravelling while being lifted.

The golden rule of soft sling lifting is that overloading should be avoided and the slings maximum load capacity should never be exceeded regardless of how much time you think it will save.



Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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