March 16, 2022 (Urbandale, Iowa) “All slings, especially synthetic slings can be damaged during lifting if they are not properly protected. Likewise, loads being lifted are susceptible to damage from chain and wire rope slings,” said Kris Koberg, CEO of DICA.
DICA’s patented and easy to use LiftGuard® Sling Protectors protect slings from abrasion and damage caused by sharp edges and corners. Beyond protecting the slings, LiftGuard protectors hold the sling away from the load edge and significant contact points, thereby preventing damage to the load.
LiftGuard Medium Duty, Heavy Duty, Groove units, and Coil Edge protectors weigh 1/7th the weight of steel making them easy to handle. All models have magnets installed to make the placement simple, safe, and efficient. Once in place the sling protectors stay where you want them.
The load capacity of LiftGuard Medium and Heavy Duty Magnetic Sling Protectors is 12,500 lbs. per inch of sling contact. Assuming the vertical and horizontal surfaces of the LiftGuard unit are in full contact with the load, the LiftGuard capacity is calculated by multiplying the contact width of the sling x 12,500 lbs. For example, a 3” wide sling will have a capacity of 37,500 lbs.(3” sling x 12,500 lbs). If two protectors and a basket hitch was used to rig the load the total capacity of the two protectors would be 75,000 lbs. (2 units x 37,500 lbs)
OHSA 29 CFR 1910.184(c)(9) and ANSI B30.9 require slings to be padded or protected from the sharp edges of their loads.
DICA, Guthrie Center, Iowa, has been specializing in building a better outrigger pad since 1988. By creating engineered solutions for improving equipment stability and ergonomic safety, DICA is leading the way in product innovation for outrigger pads, crane pads and cribbing.
DICA outrigger pads and crane pads are used in 50+ countries and on all 7 continents around the world in construction, maintenance, electrical utility, oil and gas and tree care as well as local, state and federal government agencies. Learn more at www.dicausa.com.