Chain Slings are used for a wide variety of lifts

chain slings

Chain Slings are used for a wide variety of lifts

Chain slings are the most common type of sling used in lifting and rigging. Chain slings are used for lifting heavy items on construction sites such as: skip bins, concrete slabs, pipes, building materials etc. Chain slings are made up of lengths of high tensile chain, with a variety of high tensile components attached. The chain and components are classified as Grade 120, Grade 100 and Grade 80.

High tensile chain slings have many advantages, they are strong and reliable, flexible, and easy to sling around different loads.  They are also custom made to order, 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 heavy loads. Shortening hooks are available on any type of chain sling, meaning one chain sling can be purchased and shortened for use at different lengths.

Chain slings are available in one, two, three and four leg configurations. They are available in lengths from 0.5 meters to 10 or more meters. Chain and components range in sizes from 6mm – 20mm. There are various components available to make up the chain sling, including: head rings or oblong links, couplers or hammerlocks, self-locking hooks, sling hooks, and shortening hooks. Click here to learn more about how to make a chain sling.

When using a chain sling it is important to consult a working load limit chart regarding angle factors. The angle at which a load is slung can affect the working load limit of a chain. The wider the angle at which a chain slings around a load, the more decrease in the working load limit of that chain. The most efficient angle to sling a load is at 60 degrees.

All Lifting can discuss your requirements with you, and configure a chain sling with the correct sizing, 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 load chart for referral.

All Lifting supplies all chain slings fully tagged and certified, with a NATA test certificate. Chain slings must also be inspected and load tested periodically. Our on-site inspection & testing team come out to your site and visually inspect all your lifting and rigging equipment.

All Lifting’s In-House Testing & Certification Service provides NATA accredited load testing of chains.