Mechanical Material Handling: Sling Safety

ForkliftMechanical material-handling demands in today’s food processing facilities are very diverse, but typically include lifting and handling raw materials, in-process components and finished products.

To prevent repetitive motion or strain-related injuries, the use of mechanical equipment is preferred over manual handling.

You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with mechanical material handling by implementing these tips:

Sling Safety

• Assess expected uses for slings and select the most appropriate type

• Maintain an inventory of slings to allow work to be accomplished without delay

• Visually inspect all connector systems

• Tag each sling with an identifier that includes maximum capacity

• Train operators in safe rigging techniques

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