The Essential Guide to Chain Slings
Chain Sling Uses
Chain slings are one of the most common types of lifting slings used in Australia. They are often used for lifting heavy items on work sites such as skip bins, concrete slabs, pipes, materials, pre-fabricated structures and so much more. Chain slings are made up of lengths of high tensile chain, with a variety of fittings attached. The chain and components in Australia are classified as either Grade 80 (T), Grade 100 (V), or Grade 120.
High tensile lifting chain slings have many advantages, they are strong, reliable, flexible, and if taken care of can last years. They are completely customisable depending on the requirements of the application. High tensile chain slings have a high “size to working load limit” ratio – meaning a small chain sling can lift very heavy loads. Shortening hooks are available on any type of chain sling, meaning only one chain sling would need to be purchased and able to be shortened for use at different lifting lengths.
Types of Chain Sling Configurations
Chain slings are available in one, two, three and four leg configurations. They are available in lengths from 0.1 meters to 50 plus metres. Chain and components range in size from 6mm up to 32mm. There are various components available to make up the chain sling, including the head ring used at the top of the sling, chain connectors, if shortening hooks are used and the type of fittings on the bottom. Click here to learn more about how to make a chain sling.
When using a chain sling it is important to make sure you are using the correct chain sling for the lift and the load is rigged by a competent person. The angle at which a load is lifted can affect the working load limit of a chain sling. The wider the angle at which a chain sling is used, the lesser the working load limit.
Configure a Chain Sling with All Lifting
All Lifting can discuss your requirements with you, and configure a chain sling with the correct working load limit, length, number of legs, and components needed to suit the application. All Lifting can also explain the angle factors for your chain sling and provide a working load chart for referral.
All chain slings supplied by All Lifting are fully tagged and certified, with a test certificate. Chain slings must also be inspected, and load tested periodically depending on how frequently they are used. Our on-site inspection and testing team can come out to your site and visually inspect all your lifting and rigging equipment.
All Lifting’s in-house testing and certification service provides NATA accredited load testing of chains.