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Sling Loads


Unit Standard (SAQA Reg. No 12481)

This is a basic slinging loads course designed to suit the requirements of learners who have limited or no knowledge of slinging and lifting techniques.

Slings must be securely attached to the load and rigged in a manner to provide for load control to prevent slipping, sliding and/or loss of the load. A trained, qualified and knowledgeable user must determine the most appropriate method of slinging to help ensure load control and a safe lift.

Learners will learn the importance of sling methods and sling limitations which is suitable for handling one load, but might not be suitable for handling another load.

Successful candidates credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Plan and prepare for load slinging activity
  • Prepare site and equipment for load slinging
  • Sling load
  • Signal the lifting equipment operator
  • Conduct post-slinging activities
  • Care for and store load slinging equipment
  • Report on slinging equipment condition
  • Discuss and explain incidents and problems related to load slinging
  • Work safely with due care for self, fellow workers, equipment, materials and the environment




Quality Assured Partner: Transport Education And Training Authority



Sling Loads Learning Outcomes

Qualifying learners can sling loads safely before allowing load-moving equipment to remove / move the load. They will understand the importance of applying safe slinging techniques and how it is achieved. This will include a basic knowledge of weight determining, determining what load slinging equipment is required, lashing the load, attaching the load to the selected lifting equipment and signaling the lifting equipment operator. The area of focus of this programme will be;


Plan And Prepare For Load Slinging Activity

Types of Cranes

  • Attachments

Principles Of Operation & Load Weight

Load Capacities

Select And Inspect Steel Wire Slings

  • Colour Coding Of Slings
  • Safe Working Loads Of Single Legged Slings
  • Safe Working Loads Of Two Legged Slings
  • Safe Working Loads Of Four Legged Slings
  • Inspection Of Steel Wire Rope Slings
  • Steel Wire Rope Inspection Register

Select And Inspect Polyester Slings

  • Colour Lifts Polyester Sling Identification
  • Safe Working Loads For Webbed Slings
  • High Strength, Light Weight Soft Round Polyester Sling Identification
  • Safe Working Load
  • Inspection Points For High Strength, Light Weight Soft Round Polyester Slings
  • Safe Working Loads For Webbed Slings
  • Inspection Points For Webbed Slings

Chain Slings

  • Colour Coding Of Chain Slings
  • Herc-Alloy 800 Chain Slings
  • Selecting The Correct Chain Sling
  • Chain Sling Wear Allowances
  • Working Load Limits (WLL) Of Chain Slings In Metric Tons
  • Working Load Limits (WLL) Of HERC-Alloy Chain Slings In Metric Tons
  • Examining Chain Slings
  • Chain Sling Inspection Register
  • Detection Of Chain Sling Stretch


  • Symmetrical Reeving
  • Sheave Use And Inspection
  • Hooks


  • Parts
  • Types
  • Shackle Safety Checks
  • Selecting Shackles
  • Information Essential When Considering Shackles


  • Types
  • Safe Working Loads
  • Installation And Safety


  • Types
  • Safety Checks
  • Swivel Hoist Rings
  • Wedge Sockets

Reporting On Incidents, Accidents, Breakdowns, Damage and Delays

  • Incidents


  • Accidents Involving You And Your Lifting Machine

Sling Loads

Legislation To Work Safely

  • Driven Machinery Regulations/Regulation 18
  • Personal Safety Equipment And Facilities
  • Stacking Of Articles/General Safety Regulation 8
  • National Code Of Practice For The Evaluation Of Training Providers Of Lifting Machine Operators
  • Crane Safety Inspections

Operator Responsibilities

Rigging Slings And Working Safely

  • Chain Slings
  • Using Chain Slings Correctly
  • Shortening Of Chain Sling Stretch
  • Correct Use Of Chain Slings
  • Incorrect Use Of Chain Slings
  • Lifting Techniques
  • Slinging Rules
  • Slinging Methods
  • Three Legged Slings
  • Multi Slings On A Hook
  • Single Lift Spreader Beam
  • Good Lifting/Hitching Practices

Hook Loading

Safe Use Of Shackles


  • In Line Loading
  • Angular Loading
  • Operating Safety

Swivel Hoist Rings

Wedge Sockets

Wire Rope Clamps

  • Wire Rope Splicing Procedures

Steel Wire Rope Slings And Slinging “Dont’s”

Perform The Lift

  • During The Lifting Operation


  • Hand Signals
  • Horn (Hooter) Signals

Store And Maintain Slinging Equipment

Fitting A New Rope      

  • For Left Lay Rope (Use Left Hand)
  • For Right Lay Rope (Use Right Hand)

Maintenance And Storage       

  • General Housekeeping
  • Supply And Care Of Equipment
  • Wire Rope
  • Synthetic Slings
  • Fibre Rope

Entry Level Requirements Into This Programme

  • Certified copy of your ID document
  • School certificate Grade 10 or Skills certificate equivalent NQF Level 2 or Trade test certificate

Learning Assumed To Be In Place And Recognition Of Prior Learning

  • Communication at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent

Target Audience

All employees, Management, supervisors and compliance officers that need to understand and enhance their slinging skills and who are responsible for workplace rigging operation

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