Several industries deploy and manage large and heavy items during their day-to-day operations. More specifically, oil and gas companies use chain slings to hold the suspended load in place while moving such bulky materials with large cranes or hoists on oil rigs. Therefore, regular inspections are essential to ensure these slings are safe for use and able to handle the loads attached to them. To understand more about chain sling inspection, we’ll briefly look at the following:

  • What do inspectors look for during chain sling inspection?
  • Why are these inspections so vital to safe and reliable industrial operations?
  • How does Fielda simplify the use of chain sling inspection checklists?

What do inspectors look for: During chain sling inspections, inspectors check if the proper sling types are used for the load they are to lift and the oil rig environment. Damaged slings are usually removed from service immediately to prevent risk to life and property. Inspectors check if the slings have legible identification marks, whether the suspended loads are clear of all obstructions, and if the chain slings are padded and protected from sharp edges of the load. In addition, they look for bends, fraying, erosion, cuts, kinking, crushing, and wear and tear in the chain sling. Inspectors also ensure that the slings are adequately stored, without damage caused by dragging on abrasive flooring. 

What makes chain sling inspections important: Chain slings are vital to the safety of any load-carrying operation. Several OSHA standards are outlined with varying requirements for general industries and specific protocols for oil rigs. Companies must conduct regular inspections to ensure they are compliant with these stipulations. Accidents on oil rigs can cause disruptions and delays to the drilling operations, but they can also damage goods or machinery, resulting in financial losses. Most important, of course, is the safety of people working with heavy loads. The risks involve injury, death, and even potential legal claims against the company.  

How does Fielda improve and streamline chain sling inspections: Chain slings are of different types and materials such as alloy steel, metal mesh, wire rope, synthetic fiber slings, etc. Their use must be following industry regulations and be suitable for the type of loads involved. Fielda takes the pain from the usually cumbersome field data collection with its highly customizable inspection checklists. With simple menus and buttons, inspectors can complete data gathering in minutes. They can instantly upload photos, videos, and additional documents from their mobile device. All the data needed for external reports, especially OSHA-related updates, is available up to date and real-time, making compliance extremely simple.

Pre-empt: Prevent accidents on oil rigs and industrial sites with precise control over chain sling inspections

Optimize: Manage inspections in a fraction of the time and cost of manual processes

Consolidate: Merge new data with existing systems and generate metrics and reports for operational review


About Fielda: Fielda helps companies manage and maintain their assets and gain real-time oversight of all tasks, workflows, and projects to improve operational efficiency, enhance team productivity and impact the bottom line. Whether it’s installations, inspections, repairs, replacement of parts, servicing and maintenance, or routine audits, with Fielda’s mobile data collection, GIS-enabled technology, automated and custom workflows, and analytics, you can eliminate errors, enhance response time, ease workflow bottlenecks, and simplify your field operations.

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