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When Should You Remove a Synthetic Sling from Service?

Removing synthetic slings from serviceSynthetic slings  are one of the industry’s go-to choices for projects; one of the reasons why they have become a popular choice is their durability and strength. Unfortunately, there are times when those durable accessories have outlived their usefulness, even becoming a danger to employees. Look out for these telltale signs that it’s time to take a sling out of service.


Fraying on any part of the sling could be a sign that this item is reaching the end of its lifespan. Because a sling has to work with varying weights, just one use of a fraying item could lead to the entire sling ripping apart-it goes without saying that this could be catastrophic.


For companies that work with fire or heated elements, the sling can come in contact with heat sources beyond its recommended maximum temperature. While some slings may not show wear and tear, seeing the dark black marks of scorching could indicate serious damage. Make sure to do a thorough inspection of the mark; it may only be cosmetic in nature or received by brushing against a surface with ash or soot.

Weakened Metals or Plastics

Metals or plastics used on any part of the sling should also be inspected along with the materials. In both cases, a weaker eyelet or covering could lead to overall damage or selected issues around the area. Wipe away any dirt to make the best determination; in some cases, the presence of a spot could mask otherwise glaring problems such as cracks or bending.


When materials are constantly stretched to the breaking point, it’s only a matter of time before they break or warp. If a sling seems significantly longer than its initial measurement, do a more thorough inspection and take the sling out of service during evaluation.

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