Some companies hire third-party riggers to prep their machine tools for dedicated truck or trailer transportation. Others have their own crew perform this labor-intensive task. If you rely on your own internal team, then their safety is absolutely critical. We’ll cover essential industrial rigging safety tips for you to pass down to your rigging team.
Rigging Equipment Precautions
1. Know the capacity load of the crane or rigging gear. Excessive overload can damage the crane, causing it to collapse.
2. Periodically inspect the rigging gear. Inspect for bent or sprung hooks, broken strands, frayed slings, and overstretched links.
3. Replace all defective gear, even if they only appear minimally worn.
4. Only assign rigging duties to trained personnel. Never assign an untrained staff member simply because you’re one person short.
1. Create a level lift to prevent a suspended load from becoming off center. To keep the load at center of gravity, be sure the hoist hook is also in the center of gravity. An unbalanced load places unequal stress on the sling.
2. Know the sling’s rated lifting capacity. The capacity is dependent on the type of material of the sling and hitch. Steel chains, wire ropes, and synthetic web slings may offer a higher capacity.
3. Avoid stress on the sling legs. A small angle between the sling legs and the horizontal point of the load greatly diminishes the load capacity. Adjust to the maximum angle to enable equal weight distribution among the legs.
Once your freight is properly loaded, the next step is to contact Machine Transport to arrange for carrier transport. Being a part of the freight industry, we have heard of countless incidents of on-site injuries from a rigging accident. Please follow these industrial rigging safety tips to ensure employee safety and prevent costly equipment damage.
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