Rigging

Several workers on a steel erection worksite, all in protective gear, and one of the workers looks up while speaking into a walkie-talkie and another worker grabs rigging lines.

We have all heard the phrase "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link".

When it comes to material handling and hoisting heavy or off-centered objects, the rigging can often be the weakest link. Proper rigging techniques and the way the load is secured can make the difference between a successful lift and an unfortunate accident.

Rigging-related accidents can be deadly. When rigging fails the load will fall and there is no way to stop it. Anyone in or near the fall zone would not have time to safely move to the clear. In addition to causing tragic and serious injury to workers, rigging failures can also damage or destroy expensive equipment and materials.

Rigging failure can strike at any moment if:

  • the wrong sling is used;
  • rigging hardware isnít rated for the task;
  • the sling angle is incorrect;
  • employees are adequately trained and equipped safety programs arenít fully implemented.

Rigging rules effective 2/1/2013.

For more information, see: Questions & Answers About the Cranes, Rigging and Personnel Lifting Rule.

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