For overhead lifting applications, chain slings, like any lifting sling, have an extremely important job. Visual inspection prior to each use is mandatory. Unless a chain sling is inspected - damage, deterioration, and other problems potentially could cause failure. With damage/deterioration present in the sling, as a load is lifted, there is the potential for the sling to break. At that point, any persons or objects nearby, are at risk of damage or harm.
Conducting an Appropriate Inspection
Regular inspections are imperative. According to current standards, the inspection must include multiple steps. Prior to performing an inspection, each chain sling must be clean allowing for visual access to the links & hardware. Covered in dirt, with grease, or even paint hides damage, such as gouges, cracks, wear and nicks, making them invisible to the eye.