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How to Use a Cargo Lifting Net

Cargo lifting nets, also known as simply lifting nets or rope cargo nets, provide a unique lightweight solution for lifting heavy, loose, or awkward-shaped cargo items. Constructed with a durable, high tenacity polypropylene (HTPP) netting and strong, nylon peripheral rope woven through the net, this solution brings the netting together when pulled upward to create a secure and balanced lift.

Using lifting nets can save you time and make your work operations much more efficient. Whether you're working in a warehouse, on a construction site, or aboard a ship, mastering the use of cargo lifting nets significantly streamlines your operations and enhances workplace safety.

Read below to learn more about effectively utilizing lifting nets for heavy and loose cargo items.

 

How to Use a Cargo Lifting Net

1. Spread Your Lifting Net Out

Start by laying out your netting across a flat floor surface, stretching it out as far as it goes. Keep all parts of the netting evenly flat with all the lifting loops accessible to your sling of choice.

You should notice the nylon rope crisscrossing in the middle to form an "X" shape. This rope reinforces the load when lifted. Additionally, this "X" spot is where you need to center your cargo before lifting to ensure no items spill out from the netting.

Make sure you have the right-sized lifting net for your cargo. US Cargo Control offers two square-sized lifting nets made with varying mesh thicknesses. Below are the two options:

 

2. Center Your Cargo on the Lifting Net

Once the cargo lifting net is flat, then the next step is to place the cargo items in the center of the flat netting. By centering the cargo, you reduce the chances of it tumbling around in the netting once all four corners are pulled up together to a central point via tension.

If you plan on lifting irregular- or awkward-shaped items, then place the base of the item in the center of the netting. As the net continues lifting upward, the mesh will wrap around the contours of your item for a safe and secure job.

For multiple or loose cargo items, such as barrels or boxes, start by lining up or stacking the centermost point item of the group and then line the rest up around this central item. Make sure to count your multiple or loose items to get an idea of how they need to be placed on the lifting net.

 

3. Connect the Lifting Net to the Sling

After centering the cargo, the next step is to connect the legs of your lifting sling to the loops of your net. Each cargo lifting net employs a specialized four-point structure, integrating a robust nylon peripheral rope with four loops that converge tightly when under tension, ensuring the secure containment of the cargo. These loops are reinforced to guarantee exceptional strength and enduring durability.

These lifting nets require 4-leg lifting slings to hoist the net upward safely and effectively. Nylon bridle slings offer the most cost-effective option to lifting heavy duty cargo. Chain slings provide maximum strength and durability against some of the harshest environmental conditions

Make sure that you also use proper hoisting hooks that handles the weight of both your cargo and lifting net. Most lifting slings come equipped with the necessary hardware. Each hook is made differently, boasting varying working load limits. Choosing a rigging hook with a working load limit lower than the load itself may cause the hook to fail.

 

4. Pull the Lifting Net Up

Once everything is in place and the area is clear, begin the lifting operation using appropriate lifting equipment such as cranes or forklifts. Apply smooth and steady upward pressure to lift the cargo for a controlled ascent without any abrupt movements or jerks that could potentially destabilize the load.

Exercise caution and vigilance throughout the lifting process, maintaining constant awareness of the load's behavior and the surrounding environment. Prioritize safety above all else, adhering to established protocols and guidelines to minimize risks and ensure a seamless lifting operation from start to finish.


Lifting Solutions from US Cargo Control

Cargo lifting nets are a great option made with strong, durable, knotless HTTP rope that holds up against abrasions, chemicals, and moisture. Because the net encloses the cargo and gathers to a lifting point, it creates a secure and balanced method of lifting without adding excessive weight like a chain sling or lifting beam can.

However, other lifting solutions may be better suited for other applications. US Cargo Control offers a wide range of lifting supplies to help make your jobs safer and easier, including:

Complete your setup with the right equipment. Talk with our product experts for any questions you have, or if you need any assistance. Our team is always ready to help get you what you want, when you need it.

 

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