Metal mesh slings

Metal mesh slings durable and flexible

Metal mesh slings are suitable for the metal producing industry or for loads that are hot or abrasive. These slings are corrosion resistant and durable enough for rugged environments. Metal mesh 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(g) Metal mesh slings
The following excerpt is taken directly from OSHA 1910.184*

Sling marking

  • Each metal mesh sling shall have permanently affixed to it a durable marking that states the rated capacity for vertical basket hitch and choker hitch loadings.


  • Handles shall have a rated capacity at least equal to the metal fabric and exhibit no deformation after proof testing.

Attachments of handles to fabric

  • The fabric and handles shall be joined so that: 
    • The rated capacity of the sling is not reduced. 
    • The load is evenly distributed across the width of the fabric. 
    • Sharp edges will not damage the fabric.

Sling coatings

  • Coatings which diminish the rated capacity of a sling shall not be applied.

Safe operating temperatures

  • Metal mesh slings which are not impregnated with elastomers may be used in a temperature range from minus 20 °F to plus 550 °F without decreasing the working load limit. Metal mesh slings impregnated with polyvinyl chloride or neoprene may be used only in a temperature range from zero degrees to plus 200 °F. For operations outside these temperature ranges or for metal mesh slings impregnated with other materials, the sling manufacturer's recommendations shall be followed.

Removal from service

  • Metal mesh slings shall be immediately removed from service if any of the following conditions are present: 
    • A broken weld or broken brazed joint along the sling edge. 
    • Reduction in wire diameter of 25 per cent due to abrasion or 15 per cent due to corrosion. 
    • Lack of flexibility due to distortion of the fabric. 
    • Distortion of the female handle so that the depth of the slot is increased more than 10 per cent. 
    • Distortion of either handle so that the width of the eye is decreased more than 10 per cent. 
    • A 15 percent reduction of the original cross sectional area of metal at any point around the handle eye. 
    • Distortion of either handle out of its plane.

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.

Learn more

Remotely monitored bridge cranes
Josh Childers - Training Manager When overhead cranes break down, so does productivity. And if you’ve been there, you know how costly lost… These fiv…
Konecranes CheckApp for Daily Inspections
Konecranes CheckApp for Daily Inspections has been designed to help crane users quickly and easily record their findings when performing pre-shift…