Lifting & Slinging


To enhance skills enabling delegates to carry out lifting and slinging tasks in a safe and correct manner.

Knowledge of the environment in which the participant performs his/her duties.

Course Duration
2 days.

Maximum Number
8 persons.

Training Aids
Lecture notes, audio-visual presentation, demonstrations and practice.

Written test.

On successful completion of the course candidates will receive a LEEA certificate.

Clients must make suitable lifting equipment and accessories available for the practical elements of onsite courses for delegates to practice on.

Additional Information
Meeting the needs and expectations of service users is of the highest priority to our staff. Therefore if you have any concerns or wish to make a comment about the service please contact:


At the conclusion of this course the delegate will be able to:

  • Use their working knowledge of relevant current legislation relating to lifting and slinging and of general site and workshop safety standards.
  • Select and use chains and chain slings
  • Select and use synthetic slings
  • Select and use wire rope slings
  • Select and use shackles
  • Select and use eye bolts
  • Use ‘Safe Working Load’ Charts
  • Sling and move loads
  • Calculate the weights and centres of gravity of loads

They will also be familiar with lifting equipment and lifting accessories inspection, maintenance and storage procedures.



  • Use of hand signals

Use of Chain Slings

  • The types and grades of chains
  • The use of SWL Charts
  • Slinging with chain slings and collar chains
  • The do’s and don’ts of slinging with chains

Rope Slings

  • Synthetic slings and wire rope construction and grades
  • Types in general use and their applications
  • Calculating tension to weight at various angles
  • Working angles and SWL Charts
  • Do’s and don’ts of synthetic slings and wire ropes in slinging

Synthetic Slings

  • The types of slings in use and their applications
  • Identification of SWL
  • The do’s and don’ts of slinging with synthetic slings


  • Safety Standards and Legislation pertaining to slinging
  • Testing, storing and using chain, synthetic slings and wire rope slings emphasising safe working methods
  • The basic principles of handling moving loads
  • Using eye bolts and shackles etc. when lifting
  • Appreciation of working with cranes and the correct use of hand signals
  • Calculating weights and centres of gravity loads

Practical Slinging and Operating – The Principle of Slinging

  • Estimating the weights of various objects – the seen and hidden factors affecting the weights
  • Selection of correct equipment
  • Correct use of sling angles
  • Safe working load – correct sling angle
  • Checking of slings
  • Centre of gravity of the load
  • Correct load distribution
  • Accident prevention – precautions to be taken to prevent load slipping and safeguards against out of balance effects


  • Summary of course content, question and discussion

End of Course Assessment and Test