Web slings are useful pieces of lifting equipment, making a great alternative to other products such as wire rope. But, despite being different, they will still undergo similar pressures from heavy lifting tasks, and are still bound by the same rules and regulations. Part of these rules cover the ownership, inspection and servicing of web slings, all of which will provide you with a web sling certificate. Below we have covered the value of these.
Fake web slings
Unfortunately, the market of fake goods continues to be as prevalent as ever, with the BBC finding that the number of confiscations of fake goods rose by 76% between the years 2014 and 2015.
While buying fake luxury goods doesn’t impact the safety of the buyer, buying fake lifting equipment could be potentially life-threatening if it hasn’t been manufactured properly. And, with a big market for buying reused or second-hand goods, it’s important that proper documents can be shown to authenticate the equipment on offer.
It’s important to have authoritative documents
This is why a certificate, provided by a reputable and knowledgeable organisation, holds so much value in this industry.
Inspections and servicing
Government guidelines, found in the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), requires that, by law, all lifting equipment must be regularly serviced and maintained.
These inspections can be carried out by you at your workplace, and it is recommended that you do so before each lifting operation. However, LOLER also requires that all equipment is both inspected and serviced by a professional at least once a year; sometimes more frequently depending on the type of gear.
Once these inspections are completed, the owner of the lifting gear will be provided with a certificate that contains acknowledgement of the recent testing and confirms that it is safe to use.
These certificates have value because they show all workers when the last testing date was complete, and when the next one is due, as well as keeping your organisation compliant with all relevant government regulations. Should any troubles arise, these certificates will show that all necessary steps were taken with the operation with regards to the safety of the web slings that you are using.
Find out more about a web sling certificate
If you want to find out more about web slings, or the range of services that we can offer you to provide you with a web sling certificate, please get in contact with us here.