Rigging looks like a simple operation, one that doesn’t seem to require any kind of skill or experience. But don’t be fooled. Before you decide to do any sort of industrial rigging project, you need to be well-trained with rigging safe practices. If not done properly, this can create potential harm or death to workers.
Following these rules will keep you on the safe side during your rigging activities
Determine the weight of the load
Don’t lift a load without knowing its actual weight. The safety of all rigging equipment is relying on the correct sling and this consequently is dependent on the appropriate weight of the load.
Check any possible hazards
Pay attention to overhead electric power lines prior to lifting a load. Make sure to inspect the site where the operation will be done and check out potential hazards.
Ensure Great Load Control
Ensure that the hitch or hitches you have chosen and their edge protection, provide excellent control so slipping does not happen.
Work only on Favorable Weather Condition
These need to be considered while planning and performing rigging operation. Darkness, poor visibility, and sunlight can affect rigging. With extreme cold weather, avoid shock-loading or impacting the hoist equipment as well as the hardware which might have become brittle.
Select the appropriate sling
Check it for any excessive wear and tear. Typically, there are six types of slings that are available including wire rope, metal mesh, synthetic rope, chain, natural fiber rope and synthetic web. As we know, each has its own strengths and weakness. So, you need to choose the appropriate one that matches your needs and also requirements.
Surely, these are not the only safety tips that must be considered when it comes to rigging but these will definitely help you get started on the right track. So, take note of these and ensure you keep them in mind.