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Damaged wire rope slings

A member has reported an incident in which rope access personnel were found to be using damaged wire rope slings, which could have led to a dangerous situation and/or accidents.

Damage to wire rope slings
Damage to wire rope slings
Damage to wire rope slings
Damage to wire rope slings
Damage to wire rope slings
Damage to wire rope slings

Our member took the following actions:

  • All wire rope slings were inspected and checked before use at site (visual inspection) for deformities and wear and tear;
  • Test certificates to be inspected before slings are used at site/yard;
  • Ensured personnel were fully aware of this issue;
  • Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn while lifting/handling slings;
  • Manufacturer of the slings notified in regard to any defects/cuts/kinks in wire rope slings;
  • Damaged wire ropes and slings should be removed from service immediately.

Members may wish to refer to:

Safety Event

Published: 20 February 2014
Download: IMCA SF 02/14

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