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Basic Hoisting and Rigging Guidelines

Basic Hoisting and Rigging Guidelines

When there are already so many hazards at a construction site, you don’t need to create more for yourself. As if working with dangerous materials and equipment at great heights, while breathing in hazardous substances, on unsafe structures, and in an incredibly loud and chaotic environments isn’t dangerous enough. By ignoring basic hoisting and rigging guidelines, you introduce a whole new set of threats to the job site and put your fellow workers at risk. Keep everyone and everything as safe as possible and ensure the safety of your next rigging and hoisting operation by following these safety tips.

Use the correct slings

Slings have different attributes like length, thickness, and material which make them suited for different jobs. Choose the one which fits the job you need to do best.

Use slings correctly

Using the right sling the wrong way can be just as dangerous. Don’t attempt to tie knots in it to reduce the length or use an unprotected sling to secure a sharp load.

Use the right hook correctly

Likewise, select the right hook for your job and make sure to attach it to slings in the manner specified by its design.

Understand safe working load limits of your rigging gear

If just one component of your rigging system is overloaded, you could compromise the whole operation. Check and double-check the safe working load limits of each piece of equipment to make sure they can all handle the load.

Understand the safe working load limit of the lifting device

Similarly, you must make sure your winch or crane is capable of safely supporting and lifting the load. Measuring the load weight accurately, then, is critical.

Pinpoint the load’s center of gravity

This is important to figure out since you need to secure the load based on its location, otherwise your equipment might fail during the lift. Oddly shaped pieces of equipment or building material can have an unusual center of gravity.

Use taglines if the load is unwieldy

Taglines can help you keep especially tricky loads from twisting, turning, or swinging dangerously during the lift.

Clear the area

Make sure there are no unauthorized personnel around the hoisting site throughout the duration of the operation to minimize hazards and keep everyone safe.

Double-check rigging after lifting the load off the ground

A good way to make sure your rigging is attached properly is to lift the load up a couple inches and safely inspect everything. Lower the load back to the ground if you need to make any adjustments.

Monitor the area for any environmental hazards

Take note of nearby structures, changes in terrain, active power lines, and potential weather issues so that you are careful to avoid them during the lift.

Use a crane signal person to direct the crane operator

The crane operator has a limited field of vision, and needs a certified signal person on the ground to give action commands. This can prevent a large number of serious crane accidents.

Florida Wire & Rigging provides a host of services and a wide variety of equipment to help you maintain a safe work environment at your job site. Let us certify or inspect your slings and crane to make sure everything is in good working order. And, we can train your workers in rigging principles so they have the confidence and skills to do the job right every time. Let us know how we can help you by calling us at 800-432-2269.

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