Safety Tips Every Riggers Should Know

Safety Tips Every Riggers Should Know

By on Jul 6, 2015 in News | 1 comment


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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

    1 Comment

  1. While rigging is essential to pretty much any major construction project it is important to make sure that all of the proper safety measures are being abided by. I particularly like that the article reminds readers to only rig during favorable weather conditions. You never want to risk working with equipment that is too heavy when it is cold outside and the machines need some time to heat up.

    Callum Palmer

    December 18, 2017

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