25 Oct How to Select and Rent Rigging Equipment
If you have decided to undertake a rigging job, it is important that you consult with a professional rigger before you begin. Setting up the equipment and knowing how to choose the right equipment for the job requires a level of expertise to ensure the success of your project. While rental shops can give you great advice, make sure that you ask questions to make sure you avoid accidents which can cause serious injury and property loss.
Hoisting anything of substantial weight using rigging equipment can be a dangerous experience if you do not take the time to get expert advice specific to the needs of your project. No two rigging circumstances are really the same, and there are a number of variables that you have to consider before deciding to complete a project on your own.
You can learn about rigging for smaller projects by asking the right questions and listening to the advice provided (without taking dangerous short cuts). Choosing a less expensive means of doing the job right can cost you time, money and your personal safety when the professionals at your rigging equipment rental shop have the training to guide you on choosing the right equipment for the right job.
Truck Rigging Tools
Moving something on a flat bed truck? There are two parts to rigging something for moving transportation including the lift and then securing the load for travel. There are a variety of tools that can be rented for each function:
- Hydraulic lifting systems
- Single and Double Drum Hoists
- Air chain and lever hoists
- Adjustable gantries
- Synthetic rigging and wire rope slings
- Spreader bar rigging and lofts
- Custom rig fittings
- Ratchet straps and buckles
Since 80% of all retail and consumer goods are shipped across North America via transport truck the need continues to grow for convenient rental for job specific rigging tools. Independent contract truckers can have a variety of different loads to haul and challenges depending on the size and weight of each load. Rental remains an affordable way to get the job done without having to make a capital investment in a variety of different rigging outfits and tools.
The Advantages to Renting
It is not cost effective to purchase, store and then maintain rigging equipment when each job might have a special requirement. Rather than purchasing all the equipment you might need for contract jobs, it makes more sense to rent what you need per project instead of letting it deteriorate between jobs when not in use.
There is no need to be concerned about safety standards of the equipment as the rental provider will ensure all items are inspected and certified.
The Rental Fine Print: Understanding Your Legal Liability
While renting rigging equipment makes economic sense, there can be some issues regarding liability in the event of accident or loss, injury and even worksite theft. Many times contractors fail to read the fine print when it comes to renting heavy equipment and are surprised to learn just what their true cost and liability is for replacement.
While insurance requirements can vary, take the time to read what your personal or business liability is in the event of an injury to someone operating the equipment. Make sure to inspect the equipment before renting it to ensure that it is in good shape. If there is any external damage to the equipment before you take it make sure to make a note of it on your rental contract to avoid being held responsible for repair or replacement. Lastly, always ensure that the individuals using the rented rigging equipment are qualified and experienced to avoid accidents and damage.