Lifting slings are one of the many types of lifting equipment products that we offer here. As you can see from our site, we have 12 different categories of lifting equipment alone, so you’d be forgiven for sometimes wondering which may be the best for your operation!

For that reason, here we have put together a handy little guide, focusing on eight of the most frequently asked questions that we receive about lifting slings.

#1 What are lifting slings?

Perhaps the most obvious question, and one which the more knowledgeable of you in the industry already know the answer too, but an important question nonetheless. The term is a broad one, applying to a large category of equipment. But, essentially, these are tools that “consists of cable, chain, rope or webbing and is used in conjunction with a life or crane in order to facilitate lifting the load”

Lifting slings


An example of one type of lifting sling

In this way, they are similar to others pieces of lifting gear, such as hoists. The difference comes from the benefits they offer and the way that they are used, which we will cover separately below.

#2 What are the benefits of using this equipment?

Generally speaking, this equipment is more lightweight in nature. That means that it is more portable, and easier to work with. It also means that it is more flexible, and so can be utilised in different ways with various loads while causing minimum to no scratching or abrasion damage.

#3 What are the different types of sling?

The main types of lifting sling that we manufacture and stock are:

-          Round

-          Web

-          Disposable one way

-          Fibre rope

-          Wire rope

For more information on each specific type of equipment, please refer to our product page here.

Fibre rope


Some lifting slings are made from fibre rope

#4 What laws apply to this gear?

Although lifting slings are different to other types of lifting equipment, the same rules and regulations still apply to them. The most important of these are the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

To summarise, LOLER requires that any operation involving lifting slings have been properly planned, and are supervised and operated by knowledgeable and competent workers.

#5 Should I use webbing slings or round slings?

A common question that we get asked is whether one should use a webbing sling or a round sling. While this will change depending on your operation, generally speaking round slings are endless, while webbing slings have a loop at each end.

#6 What is the colour coding system for slings?

Some slings, particularly webbing slings, have a universal colour coding system to quickly show what weight they are capable of lifting. This is:

-          Purple – one tonne

-          Green – two tonnes

-          Yellow – three tonnes

-          Grey – four tonnes

-          Red – five tonnes

-          Brown – six tonnes

-          Blue – eight tonnes

-          Orange – ten tonnes

It’s important to note that not all lifting slings will have this colour coding. Instead, it’s crucial that you refer to, and abide by, your manufacturer’s guidelines, which will be supplied with any equipment that you purchase.

#7 Why is polyester used for some slings?

Polyester is one of the most common materials used for many types of sling. The reason for this is that it is lightweight, flexible, highly durable, and suited to operate in many types of high grade, hazardous environments. It also offers a low cost and high resistance alternative to many other materials on the market.

#8 What are some applications for this lifting gear?

There are many applications for this type of gear. Just some of these are listed below:

-          Lifting and lowering tasks

-          Towing and pulling tasks

-          Creating hammocks

-          Creating slacklines

-          As rescue gear and safety harnesses

Do you have more questions?

We hope that the above information has been useful in helping to answer any questions that you may have about lifting slings, what they are, and when they should be used. However, if you can’t find an answer to your question, then we’d be more than happy to help! Please just reach out to us here.



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