Lifting Sling Safety Tips

Eye Size

Eye Size

Eyes should fit freely on the hook.
Snug fits greatly increase eye strain.

Choker Hitch

Choker Hitch

Tight chokes greatly increase sling stress.
Full wrap before choke gives no-slip lifting.

Sling Load Chart

As the sling-to-load angle decreases, so does the rated capacity of a sling.

Use this chart for all type slings: rope, chain or synthetic web.

Sling-To-Load Angle is always the angle between the sling leg and the horizontal surface.

Rated Sling Capacity (one leg)
Sling Angle Diagram Sling-To-Load Angle Sling Lifting Efficiency Sling Capacity @ 90º Actual Sling Capacity
90º 100.0 1000 lbs. 1000 lbs.
75º 96.6% 1000 lbs. 966 lbs.
60º 86.6% 1000 lbs. 866 lbs.
45º 70.7% 1000 lbs. 707 lbs.
30º 50.0% 1000 lbs. 500 lbs.
15º 25.8% 1000 lbs. 258 lbs.
8.7% 1000 lbs. 87 lbs.

Warning: Work load limits will be reduced when less than 90° from horizontal angles of less than 30° are not to be used. Inspect before use. Additional requirements and sage operating practices are outlined in current OSHA, Federal Register Part 29, 1910.184 and ASME B30.9 c-2000.Death or injury can occur from improper use or maintenance!