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Planning Lifting and Rigging Operations

Planning Lifting and Rigging Operations

Performing a successful lifting or rigging operation isn’t as simple as slapping a sling on a load and firing up a crane. This is almost a surefire way to have a costly accident at the work site. Several steps must be taken before you should even think about turning on the crane. Planning lifts is essential no matter what load you are elevating, how experienced your crew is, or how complicated the operation is. Without the proper inspections and precautions, a routine lift could get ugly in the blink of an eye. Here are some steps you must take before your next lifting and rigging operation.

Inspect rigging equipment

Before each lift, you must inspect slings, wire rope, hooks, and all other rigging equipment in addition to the crane to make sure they are in good working order. A bent hook or frayed sling could easily result in a dropped load.

Ensure your workers are certified for the operation

Never use an unqualified worker to operate a crane or secure loads for lifting. Workers trained in proper rigging principles will be able to secure loads correctly and minimize the risk of accidents.

Identify environmental hazards

Is your site exceptionally windy? Is the ground stable? Are there any power lines in the lift path? By looking out for hazards like these, you will be able to preempt problems before they arise.

Write out a lift plan

Take into account the weight, shape, and surface of the load in addition to the angle of the lift and make sure you have the right rigging equipment to secure it and perform the operation safely.

Plan out the travel path of the crane and load

Before you go to perform the lift, visualize how you are going to handle the lift to make sure there is a clear, risk-free path with no obstructions or tight squeezes.

Consider tag lines

If your load is unwieldy and likely to twist or spin, you will want to attach tag lines. These will help keep the load under control throughout the lift so that the center of gravity remains stable.

Enable communication with your team

Check to make sure that there are open lines of communication with everyone involved with the operation. The crane operator will need to have contact with those monitoring the load and the job site throughout the lift to make sure conditions remain safe for everyone.

Clear out the area

Establish what area you need to perform the operation, and get everyone not involved with the rigging or lifting to clear out until the job is done. This will help to keep the environment more predictable and reduce the amount of variables your team will have to account for.

Is your lifting and rigging equipment worn down and unsafe to use? Do your employees need training in correct rigging principles? Florida Wire & Rigging has you covered. Check out our extensive supply of rigging equipment on our website as well as our rigging and fall protection training seminars. Have any questions about our gear or classes? Give us a call at 800-432-2269 today.