Cranes have been used to lift and move heavy items since antiquity. The Ancient Greeks used men or donkeys to power cranes. Modern cranes use internal combustion engines or electric motors and hydraulic systems, and because of this added power, they are much stronger than more primitive types of cranes.
Depending on the type of material that your project is moving, there are several types of lifting slings that could be used. Web slings, wire rope swings, and chain slings are among several different types of existing lifting slings that you can choose from depending on the project.
Web slings, which are the most popular and useful type of sling, are lightweight and flexible, and have wide bearing surfaces which do a good job of protecting the load. Synthetic web lifting slings are generally constructed of nylon or polyester material and offer several features which promote their popularity. They are often selected when expensive, highly polished, fragile or delicate material handling is necessary, since the softness of the web will not mar, deface or scratch loads.
Selecting the right slings and being trained in crane safety and opting for a fall protection program can help to ensure you make the right decision for both transporting your materials, and keeping your employees safe. Fall protection programs can help to keep both your business and employees safe in the event of an emergency. If you are looking for a fall protection program template, there are a ton of great resources available online for your convenience.