Alloy steel chain slings

Chain slings hold up in harsh environments

Chain slings are suitable for rugged industrial applications and harsh environments. Chain slings are strong enough to handle large loads and can endure high temperatures. Chain slings should be inspected by trained and qualified service personnel to minimize the risk or failure and to stay compliant with regulations.


OSHA 1910.184(e) Alloy steel chain slings
The following excerpt is taken directly from OSHA 1910.184*

Sling identification

  • Alloy steel chain slings shall have permanently affixed durable identification stating size, grade, rated capacity, and reach. 


  • Hooks, rings, oblong links, pear shaped links, welded or mechanical coupling links or other attachments shall have a rated capacity at least equal to that of the alloy steel chain with which they are used or the sling shall not be used in excess of the rated capacity of the weakest component. 
  • Makeshift links or fasteners formed from bolts or rods, or other such attachments, shall not be used.

Safe operating temperatures

  • Employers must permanently remove an alloy steel-chain slings from service if it is heated above 1000 degrees F. When exposed to service temperatures in excess of 600 degrees F, employers must reduce the maximum working-load limits permitted by the chain manufacturer in accordance with the chain or sling manufacturer's recommendations.

Effect of wear

  • If the chain size at any point of the link is less than that stated in Table N-184-1, the employer must remove the chain from service.

Deformed attachments

  • Alloy steel chain slings with cracked or deformed master links, coupling links or other components shall be removed from service.
  • Slings shall be removed from service if hooks are cracked, have been opened more than 15 percent of the normal throat opening measured at the narrowest point or twisted more than 10 degrees from the plane of the unbent hook.


Konecranes inspectors and technicians can inspect the slings and other rigging equipment in your facility to determine if it meets OSHA standards. The Konecranes Slings and Accessories Inspection checks non-maintainable load lifting attachments and accessories to identify deficiencies and deviations from local statutory safety and health regulations. The inspection service utilizes radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to record load lifting attachment inspection data and a smartphone app to help quickly and reliably identify attachments.




*The foregoing OSHA regulations are not intended to be a comprehensive overview of all applicable regulations pertaining to the designated topic. State laws may mandate different safety and maintenance standards. Accordingly, please consult applicable state laws as well as original equipment manufacturer specifications for further guidance. The statements and descriptions contained herein constitute the opinion/recommendation of the seller and are not intended to create any express warranties.

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