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Timing and Assigning Wire Rope Sling Inspections

Timing and Assigning Wire Rope Sling Inspections

The reasons to properly inspect your wire rope slings are plentiful. Beyond being a safety hazard, a faulty or damaged wire rope sling can cost you in citation fines, production loss, and wasted time on the job. Therefore, it’s critical for crews to not only schedule wire rope sling inspections with adequate forethought, but also assign them to the proper party. 

Assigning a Competent Person 

A wire rope sling inspection isn’t a task to be handed off to the nearest crewmember. It’s a critical process that requires an assigned inspector, or a competent person. According to OSHA, a competent person is “One who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings, or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.” 

Consulting a Third-Party Company 

If you aren’t entirely sure who to assign as a competent person or how to properly inspect your wire rope slings, it’s wise to rely on a rigging inspection company that can. An accredited, trusted third-party inspector can provide a neutral perspective that ensures the utmost security and accuracy during inspections. A rigging company can also assist your crew with designing a record system that tracks, records, and stores the results of each inspection. 

Timing the Inspections 

Regardless of how, when, and where you plan to use a wire rope sling, you must inspect it upon first receiving it. That means, before you ever introduce a new wire rope sling to a job site, you need to ensure that it has a properly labeled sling tag. While inspecting the sling tag, verify that the sling’s working load matches or exceeds the weight requirement of your next job. 

After the initial inspection, it’s imperative to continue inspecting wire rope slings each day — and before each use. If you plan to use the same wire rope sling for multiple lifts in a single day, the assigned competent person must inspect it before the first use and again before each of the following uses. Otherwise, your crew could apply a wire rope sling that was damaged during prior use. 

For wire rope slings used on a less frequent basis, inspections may be deferred to an annual basis — which is the minimum set by ASME. However, a sling that your crew utilizes more often should be inspected each quarter or monthly, depending on its specific use, age, and the type of jobs in which it is being used to complete. 

Your Go-To Wire Rope Sling Inspector 

At Florida Wire & Rigging, we’ve made it our mission to equip every crew with everything they need to stay safe and compliant. That’s why we not only sell slings and other equipment, but we also offer training programs, on-site inspections, and corrective action analysis. To find the right wire rope sling for your next job or have it professionally inspected, contact us today at 800-432-2269.