Last edited 01 Mar 2021

Safe working load

Safety in the storage and handling of steel and other metal stock, second edition, published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in August 2016, defines Safe working load (SWL) as: ‘A load limit assigned by the manufacturer and/or the competent person for the proposed use of the equipment taking into account the weight of associated lifting accessories and other loading on the equipment (eg wind loading or fixings between surfaces).'

This might be described as the Working load limit (WLL) in Europe.

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