Webbing Sling Uses and Applications
Webbing slings, thanks to their lightweight, flexible and portable nature, find themselves having multiple uses and applications. While we most commonly associate webbing slings with lifting and lowering tasks, the article below shows just how versatile a piece of lifting equipment they really are! Keep reading to find out about the different webbing sling uses.
What are webbing slings?
Before looking into the various uses and application for webbing slings, it is useful to understand just why they are so adaptable. Webbing slings are flat straps, often woven from polyester, that feature two looped eye holes at either end.
Their polyester construction means that they are light and flexible, making it easy for them to wrapped around objects, items or loads. While this also means they are lighter than other pieces of lifting equipment, such as wire rope, it provides webbing slings, and their users, with a unique set of benefits.
Applications and uses for webbing slings
Now that you understand what makes webbing slings so useful, below we have looked at some of the many uses and applications for this piece of lifting equipment.
Webbing slings are often used by mountain climbers
Lifting and lowering tasks
Starting with the most common application for webbing slings; they are extremely useful for lifting and lowering tasks. While they do have a smaller maximum lifting weight, as described above, they are particularly useful in situations when the strength of the lifting equipment isn’t such a priority. For example, thanks to their flexible nature, webbing slings are perfect for wrapping around odd-shaped loads or loads with a wide bearing surface.
You can use it as a; normal vertical lifter, a choker, a vertical basket, a 60-degree basket, a 45-degree basket, or a 30-degree basket. Wire ropes, while stronger than webbing slings, aren’t able to provide this level of flexibility. This gives webbing slings a unique position in the lifting and lowering world.
Webbing slings are often the go-to piece of equipment for many of the applications of mountain climbing, and are even recommended by The British Mountaineering Council. So how can webbing slings be used in mountain climbing?
Protecting the lead climber
Webbing slings are useful for protecting the lead climber by placing it around rocks or trees or to thread holes.
Providing protection for links
Webbing slings are used to attach other pieces of protection to the rope that the climber is using. Should a longer link be needed, then a longer webbing sling can be used.
This is one of the best webbing sling uses!
Should you need to perform a rescue, or a self-rescue, then a webbing sling can be used to ascend the rope. It can also be used as an emergency chest harness for the injured climber.
A webbing sling drag
Alongside the rescue benefits that webbing slings can provide to those who are mountain climbing, they also find great use for firefighters with what is known as a webbing sling drag. This is a useful action which is a way of quickly tying a webbing sling around an injured person, and pulling them safely away from the scene without causing harm to the injured person or fire fighter.
Tying webbing slings around a tree
There are many reasons that you may want to tie a webbing sling around a tree, alongside for mountain climbing purposes that we looked at above.
Allowing for ascent and descent down a tree
Those that need to climb trees, such as tree surgeons, will often use webbing slings as their means of traversing the tree.
Creating a slackline
If you need to create a slack line, which is a line that runs between two points, webbing slings are often the piece of equipment of choice.
Want a relaxing hammock?
Looking for a place to relax? You can tie a webbing sling around a tree to create a hammock!
Guidance on how to use webbing slings safely
As you can see, there are a varied list of webbing sling uses and applications, that can start with small things in your home right to industrial lifting tasks. No matter which way you use your webbing sling, it’s important that you take proper care to use them safely.
Have more questions about webbing slings?
If you have more questions on webbing sling uses or how to safely use them and you can’t find the answers listed here, then we would be more than happy to help. Simply get in contact with one of our expert webbing sling team here, and we will come back to you as soon as possible.
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