An inspection is a visual check on the condition of the sling to identify any obvious damage or deterioration that might affect its fitness for use.
The sling should be withdrawn from service and referred to a competent person for thorough examination if any of the following is observed before each use:
a) illegible sling markings, i.e. sling identification and/or working load limit.
b) wear, distortion and/or cracking of the upper or lower terminals and/or ferrules.
c) concentration(s) of broken wires.
d) severe rope distortion, such as kinks or protrusion of the core.
e) significant rope wear.
g) heat damage.