Rigging is an important activity and because it involves the lifting and moving of heavy loads from one location to another, it must be conducted keeping in mind the safety of people working in and around such equipment.
There are plenty of factors that need to be considered to ensure t all kinds of rigging activity is conducted harmlessly and without risking the lives of individuals or causing damage to the surrounding environment.
Let’s take a look at 5 tips that will improve the safety of the rigging equipment:
1. Load Characteristics
It’s not just the weight of the load that will determine the kind of rigging equipment to be used and the way it must be used. The dimensions of the load and also the center of gravity must be taken into consideration to pick the right kind of equipment that can handle the load in a hassle free and very safe manner.
2. Hazard Evaluation
What are the hazards, if any, that you will face if the load that the rigging equipment is lifting were to drop or collide with some other object along the route? The answer to this question will help you plan for any eventuality and also make sure that you already have a solution in place to avoid such mishaps.
3. Rigging Practices
The load must be rigged, using the best rigging practices. So identify those practices that can help you rig your load the right way. In the first point, we had talked about the importance of the dimensions, weight and center of gravity of a particular load; it is these characteristics that determine the kind of rigging practices that must be followed.
4. Take care of the Attachment Points
Sometimes, in all our efforts to pick the right rigging equipment like rope slings, wire hooks, crane, lifting fixture, etc. we tend to forget giving importance to the point to which the rigging gear is attached to. Even these points are subject to tremendous external pressure and therefore you must make doubly sure that these points can withstand such pressure.
5. Informed Decisions are the Key
Whatever the decisions that you take, make sure that you know what you are doing. Get all the information you can about a particular aspect and only then decide to put in place a series of measures that will improve the safety of the rigging equipment. The idea is to take informed decisions to make sure you are doing the right thing.
Make sure that a supervisor and/or a qualified person is in charge of maintaining the safety of the lifting/rigging equipment. Don’t let an amateur handle this particular aspect as it might lead to unnecessary problems. Also, make sure that you keep rigging handbooks handy to make sure nobody forgets to implement the proper rigging techniques that must be used for lifting operations. Something else that you mustn’t forget is choosing the right rigging equipment that has the right kind of load bearing capacity. If you choose the perfect equipment for your lifting rigging needs that is half the battle won as far as safety of the equipment is concerned.