4 Things to Avoid when Conducting the Rigging Process

August 23, 2021

When it comes to the movement of heavy load from one place to another, project managers would often turn to cranes. Cranes are machines comprised of hoist rope, wire ropes, or chains, which are mainly responsible for the lifting, lowering, and movement of various materials in project sites. They are mainly controlled by reliable operators, ensuring that their operations will not cause any harm or damages to the surroundings. The load that will be attached to the cranes, however, is managed by riggers.

Riggers are licensed professionals who carry out the rigging process. They generally ensure that the load being lifted is securely attached to the crane components that will be lifting it. Riggers must have sufficient knowledge in using various components such as clamps, shackles, and other fasteners since various load types may be lifted and moved in a project site every day.

To successfully conduct the rigging process, here are some things that must not be done.

  1. Skipping Inspection of Equipment 

One thing that must not be done by riggers is to skip the inspection of rigging equipment. While rigging equipment pieces are generally made from durable materials, they must still be inspected for visible damages, defects, and other possible issues. Inspecting them can help avoid any possible failures during the lift, which can subsequently prevent the load from damaging nearby structures or injuring people below it. Some equipment pieces that must be inspected are slings, fastenings, and other attachments.

  • Miscalculating the Load Weight

Another thing that riggers should not do is to miscalculate the weight of the load. Cranes and the rigging equipment often have set working load limits. If the load goes beyond this limit, then catastrophic problems may occur on project sites. Fortunately, riggers can effectively determine the weight of the load by reviewing its shipping documentation or manufacturer’ specifications, utilising an industrial scale, referring to the engineered prints or design plans, and manually calculating the load weight.

  • Utilising Incompatible Equipment

The operations of cranes are truly serious. One single error can lead to devastating results, costing property damages and human lives. Therefore, riggers should never utilise rigging equipment pieces that are homemade, modified, or improvised since they might not be able to handle the weight of the load. They might not even withstand the surrounding elements of the project site. For optimum rigging process, devices that are modified, replaced with non-OEM components, and made from scratch must be avoided.

  • Foregoing Effective Load Control

One last thing that must be avoided when conducting the rigging process is to forego effective load control. Even though the weight of the load is compatible with the cranes and the rigging equipment pieces, it must still be controlled effectively during its lifting and movement to avoid property damages and injuries. To maintain load control, riggers should know the load weight, pinpoint the centre of gravity, select the best lifting and rigging accessories, and check the weather conditions.

The rigging process can be done effectively if these things are avoided. If you want to know more about the said process, you can contact us at Adz Lift Crane Hire.