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Rig it Right or Don’t Rig it

Riggers are an important aspect of any industrial lift involving heavy loads. Safety is the most important consideration. If you see someone using ratchet straps to lift heavy loads, the first thing you should do is run. Inappropriate load ratings can cause straps or rigging to break while holding the load. This can lead to the item falling while on the hook which would damage the load and expose workers to a huge safety hazard. Injuries, or even death are likely to occur.

Make sure all loads are properly rigged before any is performed. Everyone should read and follow the rules for safe rigging.

1. Qualified Workers Do the Job. Period.

All personnel at the job site in charge of the rigging should be qualified. The person(s) rigging the items should be qualified and understand all the rigging procedures. Professional riggers can see problems opt concerns before anything happens. Riggers are also qualified to stop the lift at anytime if the conditions are unsafe. Don‘t sacrifice safety to finish the job quicker.

2. Make Sure the All the Equipment is in Working Order

Before any lift is made, a thorough inspection of the crane, rigging and other equipment is required to make sure that they are safe. Don’t overlook anything because it may cause serious accidents. MAke sure you use equipment that has been certified to be in good working condition. Additionally, the weather can effect the conditions. Rain, wind and even the glare of the sun can change the dynamics of the lift.

3. Uneven Loads = Unsafe Lifts

You’ve seen the YouTube videos, cranes can flip. As the crane rotates and lifts the loads, an unbalaced load Chan shift and change the load bearing points. Riggers and anyone else involved in the lift should practice some common sense and safety checks. Make sure the load is balanced before you lift.

· Check that the upper suspension forms a straight line with the load hook before lifting.

· Check that neither the chain nor the crane’s body is in contact with the load.

· Mark the crane’s center of gravity

· Ensure that the load has enough swinging space.

4. A Second Set of Eyes is Important

A second set of eyes when the item is being lifted is not a waste of manpower. Often times riggers cant see the load clearly if they are up on the roof or far away from the crane. HAve a qualified spotter that knows the hand signals and is familiar with the machines operations. They are the ones responsible to signal crane operators.

5. Take Care of Your Tools

Just like a surgeon and his scalpel, a mechanic and his tools, your rigging is your tools. When the job is over, put it back where it goes, store it where the sun’s rays can’t break down the fabric and water can‘t get your tools wet. If you’re constantly caring for your tools, you’ll be able to monitor wear and tear. You’re investment will last longer and work better.

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