Web Lifting Slings – Explained

One of the key products that we sell here at Rope Services Direct are web lifting slings. If you’re new to the lifting equipment industry, or perhaps are looking for a little more detail on exactly what it is that web lifting slings do, then below we’ve explained more on this useful piece of lifting gear.

What are web lifting slings?

Webbing slings are just one of the many alternatives to other pieces of lifting equipment on the market, such as wire rope. They are generally manufactured from polyester or polypropylene, making them a lightweight and flexible piece of equipment. There are various types of webbing slings, such as round slings or one way slings.

As with other pieces of lifting equipment, they can be manufactured in a range of sizes and lengths, as well as having various lifting strengths too. Webbing slings are universally colour coded no matter which manufacturer you purchase from, and each colour refers to the lifting strength of that particular piece.

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An example of a webbing sling

The colour coding system for web lifting slings

Below is the colour coding system used worldwide for webbing slings:


–          Purple = one tonne

–          Green = two tonnes

–          Yellow = three tonnes

–          Grey = four tonnes

–          Red = five tonnes

–          Brown = six tonnes

–          Blue = eight tonnes

–          Orange = ten tonnes


It’s important that you make note of this colour coding system, and only ever use the right webbing sling for the job that you have planned. This is part of the law, as in line with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

What are the benefits of webbings slings?

The real question is why use webbing slings over other types of lifting equipment? Below are just some of the benefits of webbing slings:


Webbing slings are extremely lightweight, meaning they are one of the easiest pieces of lifting equipment to transport around a worksite.


This lightweight nature also means that they are highly flexible and adaptable, with a wide surface bearing load. This means they can be used to fit around odd shaped loads that other lifting equipment can not, and they can also be utilised in multiple different ways of lifting, for example to be used as a basket hitch.

Protecting the load that they are working with

Because of their lightweight nature and the softer material that they are constructed from, web lifting slings won’t damage, scratch or scuff the load that they are handling in the same way that other pieces of lifting equipment might.

Unsure which is the best type of lifting equipment for your business?

It must be noted that with this more flexible, lightweight nature comes a lower lifting strength than something like wire rope. If you are unsure which may be the best type of lifting equipment for you and your business, then we’d love to have a chat with you.


If you would like to speak directly to one of our expert team, then you can get in touch with us here.



Image credit: Drew Stephens