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What Causes Rigging Systems to Fail?

What Causes Rigging Systems to Fail?

You had a minor accident and almost dropped a load. Or maybe you had a major catastrophe and even experienced some injuries on site. Regardless of how severe the problem was, your rigging system failed –– and it could have been much worse. Here are some of the main reasons your rigging system didn’t hold up.  

You Didn’t Conduct a Thorough Inspection 

Even if you’ve selected all of the right materials or had your tools custom-made for the job, your rigging system is at high risk of failure if you don’t conduct a thorough inspection beforehand. To strengthen the success of your rigging system, properly inspect all equipment, including machinery and hardware, for damage, load identification issues, or other warning signs. Some faults can easily be repaired, while others call for a complete tool retirement. If necessary, you may need to replace certain tools during the planning phase. 

You Didn’t Adhere to the Load Requirements 

Overloading can cause hardware to crack, bend, or break. This kind of damage can lead to load slippage, torque, or droppage. If you push your equipment past its load requirements, you put your entire rigging system at serious risk. That’s why it’s essential to fully understand the load weight during the planning phase so that you can select tools with the appropriate capacity. To better protect your rigging system, plan to handle more weight than you know you’ll need. 

You Didn’t Prioritize Proper Installation 

Whether you installed the system yourself or relied on a third-party organization to do it for you, it needs to be done right. Make sure that everything is tight, secure, and correctly installed before you or your crewmembers start working. And if you are putting the responsibility of installation into the hands of another organization, make it a priority to vet their reputation first. Otherwise, you could have a complete, safe, and secure lift plan with a faulty and unsafe rigging system in place. 

Don’t ever let your rigging system fail again. At Florida Wire & Rigging, we can protect your crew from on-the-job accidents through proof load testing, corrective action analysis, and product training seminars right on site. We can also supply your crew with custom tools designed to fortify your rigging system and prevent failure. To learn more, call us today at 800-432-2269.