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Wire Rope Slings – Tips & Safety

Wire Rope Slings – Tips & Safety

Wire rope slings are an important piece of rigging equipment used in lifting operations and are widely used across many different industries. Wire rope slings connect the load to the lifting device and are available in a multitude of configurations that support a wide range of applications. Protier manufactures a full range of wire rope slings on its site in Leeds, offering configurations including single and multi-part slings, grommets, single leg slings, multiple leg bridles, and are available with a wide variety of fittings and attachments.


  • Store and handle wire rope slings correctly.
  • Inspect wire rope slings and accessories before use and before placing into storage.
  • Follow safe slinging practices, as given overleaf.
  • Fit slings carefully, protect them from sharp edges and position hooks to face outward from the load.
  • Apply the correct mode factor for the slinging arrangement.
  • Back hook free legs to the master link.


  • Attempt to shorten, knot or tie wire rope slings.
  • Force, hammer or wedge slings or their fittings into position.
  • Lift on the point of the hook.
  • Use wire rope slings in acidic conditions without consulting the supplier.
  • Use wire rope slings at temperatures above 100°C or below minus 40°C without consulting the supplier.
  • Shock load wire rope slings.


Selecting the Correct Sling

Wire rope slings are available in a range of sizes and assemblies, select the slings to be used and plan the lift taking the following into account:

  • Type of sling to be used – endless, single, two, three or four leg.
  • Capacity – the sling must be both long enough and strong enough for the load and the slinging method.
  • Apply the mode factor for the slinging method.
  • Finish: Does with wire need to be Galvanised / Stainless / Lubricated / Dry.
  • For use at temperatures exceeding 100°C or below minus 40°C refer to the suppliers instructions.
  • Where slings may encounter acids or chemicals consult the supplier.
  • In the case of multi-leg slings the angle between the legs should not be less than 30° or exceed the maximum marked.
  • Multi-leg slings exert a gripping force on the load which must be considered, this increases as the angle between the legs increases.
  • Due to the possibility of sparking, the use of aluminium is restricted in certain classified atmospheres, so ensure the ferrule is suitable for such conditions.

Storing and Handling Wire Rope Slings

  • Never return damaged or contaminated slings to storage.
  • They should be dry, clean and protected from corrosion.
  • Store wire rope slings on a rack and not lying on the ground. The storage area should be dry and free of any contaminates which may harm the sling.
  • Do not alter, modify or repair a wire rope sling but refer such matters to a Competent Person or consult the manufacturer,
  • If stored on a drum, ensure it is wound onto the drum correctly ensuring the wire isn’t twisted or kinked.

Using Wire Rope Slings Safely

  • Do not attempt lifting operations unless you understand the use of the equipment, the slinging procedures, and the mode factors to be applied.
  • Do not use defective slings or accessories.
  • Do not force, hammer, or wedge slings or fittings into position. They must fit freely.
  • Check to ensure correct engagement of fittings and appliances.
  • Position hooks of multi-leg slings facing outward from the load. Do not lift on the point of a hook.
  • Ensure that the wire rope is not twisted or knotted.
  • Ensure the effective diameter of pins, hooks etc upon which soft eyes fit is at least 2 x the wire rope diameter.
  • Position the splices of endless slings in the standing part of the sling away from hooks and fittings.
  • Never join wire rope slings made from different lays of rope together as this will cause them to un-lay thus seriously affecting their capacity.
  • Back hook free legs to the master link to avoid lashing legs which might accidentally become engaged or otherwise become a hazard.
  • Take the load steadily and avoid shock loads.
  • Do not leave suspended loads unattended. In an emergency cordon off the area.

In-service Inspection and Maintenance

Maintenance requirements are minimal. Keep wire rope slings clean and protect from corrosion. Use non-acidic lubricants Regularly inspect wire rope slings. In the event of the following defects, refer the sling to a Competent Person for thorough examination:

  • illegible markings
  • distorted
  • worn or damaged fittings
  • broken or cut wires
  • kinks
  • protrusion of core
  • corrosion
  • heat damage or discolouration
  • signs of movement at splices and ferrules
  • any other visible defect to the wire rope, thimbles or fittings.
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Ratchet Straps – Your Guide to Securing the Load

Know your Ratchet Straps

A ratchet strap is used to ensure a load remains secure when it is in transport or stored. Webbing ratchet straps can be used to secure most types of loads, but it is essential to make sure that you use and store them properly.

Ratchet straps are made from a highly durable and tough polyester webbing that has very little stretch. The tension applied to the handle secures the load, allowing a range of tension from the user, for this reason they are often the preferred choice for load restraint of large or heavy loads over rope or other straps. A ratchet strap is most commonly used in the transport industry on trailers, trucks, shipping containers and other hauling vehicles.

Ratchet Straps Information

Safe use & Tips

  • When you’re not using straps, you should store them in a weatherproof container or compartment, so they don’t get damaged.
  • Choose straps that are strong enough to secure the loads you carry. There are different styles of ratchets, hooks and webbing that determine the working load limit (WLL) of a ratchet system, always check the label.
  • Secure the Straps correctly, ensure anchor points are secure and suitable for the loading, ensuring a firm and stable connection.
  • As a rule, if you’re transporting palletised goods, boxes and stillages, you will need at least one strap per row.
  • If you carry loads like steel, concrete, and scrap metal that can damage the strap material, use corner protectors or webbing sleeves to protect the straps.
  • If you’re transporting pipes or poles, it’s often better to use loop lashing, where the strap wraps around the load to make sure the load stays together.
  • Check your straps regularly.
  • Never use a knot in any part of the strap that’s under tension.
  • Cuts, tears, water, rock salt and oil contamination can lead to straps wearing out.

Protier offer a full range of Quality Ratchet systems and components through our online store. You can find our products HERE.

Over Tyre Ratch Strap System

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As 2023 has flown by and we head into 2024, We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, relaxing holiday and a Happy New Year.

Christmas Shutdown Dates

We officially close at 3pm on Friday 22rd December 2023 and return back to work at 07:30am on Tuesday 2th January 2024.


Thank you for your continued custom and support.

Best regards from everyone at Protier Lifting Services.

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Synthetic Slings – Benefits & Tips

What are synthetic slings?

Synthetic slings or Webbing slings are made using polyester, nylon or other high performance webbing material. They offer a range of advantages for lifting, load restraint, hoisting and general rigging.

Most popular synthetic slings

  • Flat Web Slings – Made from high performance polyester webbing, flat web slings are an essential high-performance, low-cost lifting accessory. They offer a much lighter alternative to chain slings and wire rope slings, they are easy to handle and have an excellent grip level on the load.
  • Endless Round Slings – Offering many of the benefits of web slings, round slings offer huge flexibility and capacity at an economical cost.
  • Ratchet Straps – Similar in design to web slings, ratchets are used to secure loads usually for transport. Using flat webbing and metal hardware, ratchet straps can be used to tie down most loads securely.

Advantages of synthetic slings

  •  Lightweight – Being extremely lightweight for their capacity makes them great for use of use, manual handling and rigging, allowing the total load to be kept to a minimum.
  • Flexibility – Made from flexible synthetic fibres means they are great at conforming to unusual loads and allows them to grip the surface of the load without point loading.
  • Strength – Protier offer synthetic slings with a capacity of over 100 ton, all with a safety factor of 7:1.
  • Cost – Synthetic slings are relatively inexpensive in comparison to their alternatives such as wire rope slings & chain slings.
  • Low Maintenance – Synthetic slings offer great performance and only require routine thorough examination, with no moving parts, they don’t rust and have great wear resistance when used correctly.

Synthetic Slings Usage Tips

  • Check the Working Load Limits (WLL) – Each sling comes with a label identifying its working load or rated capacity, in different configurations. You should never exceed its WLL.
  • Use the Correct Sling – There are many different types of slings on the market, ensure you use one suitable for your application.
  • Inspect before Use – Always carry out a thorough check of each sling before use, looking for damage such as cuts, heat damage and abrasions.
  • Use Edge Protection – Although synthetic slings have great abrasion and cut resistance, most synthetic sling failures are caused by sharp edge damage. Use edge protection and corner protectors wherever required.
  • Inspection Plan – Ensure you comply with LOLER and other rlevant regulations by ensuring you have your slings inspected and a thorough examination is carried out by a competent person, a colour tagging system is a popular way of keeping track of inspected equipment.

If you require any further information on the use and supply of synthetic slings, give out team at Protier Lifting Services a call on 0113 2361811 or email us at

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Welcome 2023

Welcome to 2023!

There is a lot already on the table here at Protier for the New Year, but we are looking forward to working with our existing customers and creating new ones.
For 2023 we look to continue our commitment to customers local and global, delivering safe, reliable & efficient solutions, combining our years of expertise with the leading products from across the lifting industry.

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Christmas & New Year Opening Times

2020 has been a year unlike any other! We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our customers, suppliers and staff for your continued support throughout what has been a challenging year for everyone.


On behalf of the team at Protier Lifting Services, we wish you, family and colleagues a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


We look forward to working with you again in 2021.


Our last trading day for 2020 is Tuesday the 22nd of December.
Protier Lifting Services will be closed from Wednesday the 23rd of December and will
reopen on Monday the 4th of January 2021. 

During the Christmas period our 24/7 out of ours services will still be running


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Coronavirus Update

As the UK can hopefully start to think about returning to some form of ‘normality’, we are working diligently to keep our employees healthy and safe while maintaining business continuity for you, our valued customer.

Our facilities are currently operating with no significant supply shortages or disruptions. Our stock levels are sufficient to accommodate our current level of business.

As the situation continues to evolve, The Protier team has put measures in place to address and minimize possible disruptions.

These include:

  • Daily operational and safety monitoring,
  • We have added additional hygiene and sanitation facilities to protect our employee’s and customers on site,
  • Reducing, where possible our non-essential work travel.

For those that are visiting Protier, we advise the following:

  • Wash you’re hands regularly and always wash your hands before you eat.
  • Be especially careful in public places about touching things and then touching your face
  • Regularly clean, not just your hands, but commonly used surfaces and devices you touch or handle (equipment provided on site).
  • Where possible keep your distance from other people.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough use a tissue or bent elbow as recommended.

While it is difficult to predict any additional government mandates, we will communicate in a timely manner any new developments or changes to our current state of business.

Stay Safe,

Protier Team

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Happy New Year! Protier’s 2019 Brochure is here!

As we kick-off the New Year, Protier is very pleased to announce, our new Hire, Sales & Testing Catalogue has now arrived! For competitive Hire Rates and Sales on the very best Lifting Equipment, along with nationwide delivery.

Contact our Sales Team for your copy.

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LiftEx 2017

Join us and over 1000 industry professionals from a wide range of vertical markets, including rail, construction, renewable energy, civil engineering, entertainment, road & maritime transport, health & safety, utilities and manufacturing at LiftEx2017!

Hosted by LEEA (the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) the event, now in its thirteenth year, features a packed exhibition floor, engaging and valuable conference content, as well as a dinner dance and plenty of opportunities to network with your peers.

Protier are proud to support LiftEx 2017 and hope you will too! Here are seven great reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on LiftEx 2017.

LiftEx is the only dedicated lifting event where you can find everything under one roof.

  • Register for LiftEx 2017 and enter into a free prize draw to win a Go Pro Camera when you enter voucher code Prot2017 on the registration form. (T’s&C’s apply)
  • Be part of the only dedicated lifting equipment exhibition
  • Network with over 1000 industry professionals over 2 full days
  • See demos from over 80 exhibiting companies
  • Discover new industry products and services in the Innovation Fast Pitch Arena
  • Get the latest technical and training advice from the industry experts in the LEEA team
  • Hear from engaging speakers about latest advice and best practice at our Industry Conference


Day 1 – Wed 29th Nov

08:30 – 10:00 AGM
10:30 – 17:00 Conference
10:00 – 17:00 Exhibition
19:00 – 20:00 Drinks reception – part of the dinner dance
20:00 – 00:00 Dinner dance – open to everyone

Day 2 – Thurs 30th Nov

10:00 – 16:00 Exhibition
10:30 – 14:30 Innovation Fast Pitch
14:30 – 15:00 Award ceremony

Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what delegates have said about the event…

“A valuable and worthwhile day of networking and introductions to new equipment.” – EDF Energy

“Found the event to have an abundance of information and products which will enhance my plants lifting activities.” – Ministry of Defence

“The trade show LiftEx, which is the leading lifting exhibition in the UK, proved very successful in gaining new promising customers and sales prospects for our company.” – Kito

For your free ticket to the expo, and entry into a prize draw to win a Go Pro camera, enter voucher code Prot2017 when you register!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Important Notice: Copycat Products

Always ensure you are buying genuine products & not the flood of sub-standard products in the market.

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