Lifting Equipment Failure

Inspection of Industrial Slings, Chains, Hoists, Straps, Ropes and Pulleys

As a worker, you rely on the equipment your employer provides you to get your job done.  Your employer owes you a duty to provide you with the correct equipment to get the job done safely. Part of that duty is the obligation to continuously and regularly inspect the equipment being used on the job site so that lifting equipment failure does not occur.

The tools used to raise heavy equipment, tools and even workers also must be inspected regularly to prevent on-the-job accidents.  Failure to conduct regular inspections to ensure that the equipment meets the job needs can result in tools, supplies and machines being dropped, cargo falling on people or even a manned platform dropped.  If you have been injured and you suspect it was because you or your coworkers were forced to do the job with defective lifting gear, call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. for a free consultation.

Defective or Worn Out Slings, Chains, Straps, and Ropes

There are many types of slings made specifically for lifting.  They may be made of wire or metal mesh to give the strength found in chains. Some are also made of nylon or other tough fibers designed for lifting without damaging the product.  But, all of them have one thing in common. Over time they wear out. Some wear out and tear or break due to use. Others may rust or burn if used in certain environments. Decay of these pieces of equipment is inevitable.  Failure to anticipate that this will happen is recklessness by your employer and could cost you your life.

Proper Use of Slings

Every type of lifting sling is rated for specific weight loads and designated for safe use in specific areas. Some of the specific industries that certain special slings are designed for include:

  • Wind industry slings
  • Rail industry slings
  • Mining slings
  • Marine slings

Typically, slings will come with some instruction on how and when to inspect them. However, if they are not used for the job they were created for, they may wear out faster than normal due to misuse. Fore example, certain metal slings are not rated for use on docks or barges because serious maritime accidents may occur due to sling rusting faster in the salty air. Thus, it is critical that your employer provide you with the right type of cables, ropes or slings to do your job. It is also critical that they be inspected regularly by someone who knows what to look for.

Lifting Equipment Failure

Products do not always do the job they were designed to do. If a new sling or pulley is being used properly and snaps anyway, it may be the result of a defectively designed or defectively manufactured product. Thus, when this happens it is critical that someone take steps to preserve the product. Without the product, proving a product liability case is extremely difficult.  Thus, you should speak to a work accident attorney immediately so that the necessary steps to preserve this critical evidence can be taken.

If you or someone you love has been injured from an industrial sling, strap, rope, chain or other lifting device failure.  Contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. to speak with a work accident lawyer at once.   Call us today at (713) 932-0777.



Paul Cannon