For construction workers, avoiding being struck by objects is one of the most preventable risks of the job if done correctly. One of the ways to do so is properly ensuring that material, cargo, or products being moved are done so in a safe manner. Here are three ways to do it:

1. Selection:

The most important aspect when choosing round slings to move products is selecting the right capacity size. Round slings can range from ones used to transport a few pounds here and there to thousands of pounds of weight. They are color-coded so they are easily distinguishable, but don’t forget to inspect and double-check the condition of all rigging supplies before use.

2. Durability:

One of the reasons some people prefer chain slings is to avoid the natural wear-and-tear associated with polyester. However, one of the greatest benefits of quality round slings is that the never-ending design allows for new wear points on every lift. Meaning the same spot doesn’t get constantly wore down from use. Many lifting equipment retailers also offer protective sleeves to cover round slings with in order to increase the longevity of the product.

3. Proper Use:

It goes without saying, but safety when using lifting equipment hinges on using it the right way. There should be no knots, or joining of two slings together. The load should be centrally secured as to avoid tipping, chemicals and potentially damaging materials should be kept away, and it is imperative to make sure your equipment is inspected regularly. OSHA consistently conducts random inspections at construction sites across the country, but fear of fines should not be your motivating factor. Keeping your employees healthy and safe has obvious, immediate benefits as well as a long-term reputation boost.