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Determine the Right Rigging Equipment for the Job

April 24, 2013, 08:13 AM

When lifting heavy things, you need the best equipment.Equipment that is substandard isn’t going to get the job done. Crane rigging is a job that requires only the best hands and the best equipment because when you break it down, there are thousands of dollars and lives at stake in this high risk job.

There are certain things that you must look for when choosing rigging equipment (other than experienced professionals who have done this job for years).

1) Testing the equipment.There’s nothing worse than getting equipment to the site and seeing that it fails.This is a waste of time, money, and energy.Far too often, due to cost cutting and timliness, workers often neglect properly testing equipment.

2) Inspect it. Inspecting the rigging equipment is just as crucial as testing it. Checking for all slings and fastenings are crucial parts of the equipment itself. If one part is out of place, it could spell disaster for the project. 

3) Size of the job. Why do you need rigging equipment and what size rig do you need? These are important questions to ponder before setting out to get one. You don’t want one that is too big or too small for the job you need.

Rigging is a particular science, one that is done by highly experienced people.You want to leave it to those who have years of experience under their belt so the chances of having a successful rig are higher.For all intents and purposes this is a high stress job who requires knowledge and experience.There is heavy rigging to light rigging; as such every job requires different equipment.  This is where the experience comes in.  In any case, when looking for crane rigging be sure you find the right equipment for the right job.

Rigging is the unsung hero of each job.  When you do it right with the right equipment you’ll have success.  If you don’t have the right equipment you are in for a world of problems.  Test the equipment, inspect it, and determine the size. When you do that, you’ll be fine.

Sarah Chamberland
HHI Lifting
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