Will Dunn

February 03, 2021 • 5 min read

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It is likely that you have heard of lifting slings but did you know there are several different types of slings? They are commonly used in many industries with variations including disposable, web, fiber, chain, wire rope, and round. Each version has its own advantages and is suitable for lifting loads. 

The team at LES USA always wants to make sure the focus is on the customer and helping you find the right solution. That's why in this article we're going to outline to you what chain slings are, how you can use them, the advantages you can get from using this version, and safety precautions you can consider before using them.

If by the end of this article you have questions on how one of these lifting solutions can help your specific business challenge, please contact a friendly member of the LES team who will help you get the possible solution(s) for your business. 


Lifting slings come in many forms and enable the lifting of heavy and awkward loads when used with a hoist. This version is made of alloy steel and is best suited for lifting rough loads and can withstand high temperatures. It comes with a range of fittings and can be made to suit your specific requirements.

You will find that you can get many versions with options of making them up into a single leg or 2, 3, or 4. The versions with 2 legs and 4 legs are the most popular within industries and they tend to add extra chains to increase the security of the load.

This version is noted for its versatility and they come in various lengths, lifting capacities, and link sizes. There are many options for you to choose from and here at LES and we can help you customize yours if that is something you require. Additionally, they can be equipped easily with different types of anchor points depending on your purpose.


There are a number of advantages that you can gain by using these types of slings. Although we don't know what your specific challenge is and why you need to use this product and the available versions, we do want to give you an idea of how these slings can help you. 


You can expect this item to resist cuts and abrasions so they can be used for almost any load you are lifting. They can be used in industries that use harsh chemicals since these chemicals will not damage the chain. This also means you can use this innovative lifting gear in oily environments and environments where the temperatures range from -40oF thru 400oF.

Unlike the synthetic version, they do not stretch which means there is minimum elongation when lifting and this means that they often have a longer service life compared to since these slings will always stay at their original length.


These particular slings are easily adjustable, unlike synthetic slings that can’t be adjusted accordingly. Also, you can add extra amounts for extra security when lifting a load!


They are easy for you to maintain and can be stored in most cool dry storage spaces. The great advantage to these is that you can repair them whereas with synthetic fibers they cannot be repaired meaning you don’t have to replace them as often.


Being familiar with safety precautions will enable you to protect yourself and the people around you. Here are a few consideration points for being safe when using the product, regardless of how many legs:

  • Please don't use a sling without training and if you are unsure how to use one, please ask a professional.
  • Always know the load weight and do not go over the specific capacity limit. 
  • Please don't use an improper sling configuration and do not force it or yank it too hard.
  • Please don't use a worn-out or damaged sling.
  • Please don't use a sling in extreme temperatures or acidic confusion even though the chain has corrosion-resistant properties you want your sling in the best condition. 

These tips can help allow you to efficiently use your rigging equipment, so you avoid encountering any problems during the lifting process.


You now have an overview of how this piece of equipment operates and why you may want to consider it over synthetic slings.

You will find that they provide you with simple use and maintenance as well as being an effective solution for any heavy lifting your business may come across.  

This article has highlighted the key points of what chain slings are and the advantages of using them. However, the question still stands: how can this piece of equipment benefit your company?

If you do want to understand in more detail how this piece of equipment can help your business, please contact an experienced member of the LES USA team where they will be happy to discuss the sling options available to give you the right solution.


Will Dunn

February 03, 2021 • 5 min read

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