your own. Slings may be constructed of fiber line, wire
rope, or chain.
Fiber-Line and Wire-Rope Slings
FIBER-LINE slings offer the advantage of
flexibility and protection of finished material. At the
same time, fiber-line slings are not as strong as wire-
rope or chain slings. In addition, fiber-line slings are
more likely to be damaged in the event of sharp edges on
the material being hoisted than are wire-rope or chain
Three types of fiber-line and wire-rope slings
commonly used for lifting a load are the endless, single-
leg, and bridle slings.
An ENDLESS SLING, usually referred to as a
SLING, can be made by splicing together the ends of a
An endless sling is easy to handle, and you can use it in
several different ways to lift loads. Frequently, it is
used as a choker hitch (fig. 1-10). To form a choker
hitch, cast the sling under the load to be lifted and
insert one loop through the other and over the hoisting
A SINGLE-LEG SLING, commonly referred to as
a STRAP, can be constructed by forming a spliced eye
in each end of a piece of fiber line or wire rope.
Sometimes the ends of a piece of wire rope are spliced
into eyes around thimbles, and one eye is fastened to a
hook with a shackle. With this arrangement, the shackle
and hook are removable.
A single-leg sling may be used as a choker hitch
(fig. 1-11) in hoisting by passing one eye through the
piece of fiber line or wire rope to form an endless loop.
other eye and over the hoisting hook.
Figure 1-10.Choker hitch formed from an endless sling.