Given the previous post, you now know that OSHA 1910.184(c)(7) states:
“Slings shall be padded or protected from the sharp edges of their loads”
There are many options to making certain that your slings are protected including corner guards, edge protectors, rubber hose, wear pads, and many others. Each is designed to either increase the cushion between the sling and the load, increase the radius between the sling and the load, or simply reduce abrasion. The results are the same: Longer sling life and increased safety.
Sling protectors may be sewn into the eyes or the body of the sling, attached temporarily with Velcro, or inserting the sling into tubular sections of the wear pad material.
Pictured below are a few of the most common sling protectors:
Flat Polyester or Nylon Wear Pad
Tubular Polyester or Nylon Wear Pad
Dyneema (UMHPE) Wear Pad (available in both flat and tubular)
Linton Corner Protectors