Slinging Foundation Course


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

1 day.

Maximum Number

8 persons.

Training Aids

Lecture notes, audio-visual presentation and demonstrations


Written test.


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

Additional Information
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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
  • Calculate the dynamic forces in inclined loading of lifting accessories

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