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Rigging Safety Requirements

Rigging is essentially the lifting and moving of heavy objects with the help of cranes on construction sites, manufacturing sites, shipyards and more.

This process needs to be carried out carefully and precisely for the sake of safety.  Rigging failures have resulted in injuries and fatalities over the years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a set of rigging safety requirements that need to be followed across the United States, at all the construction and manufacturing sites.

Here’s a short guide to help you out.

OSHA Requirements for Riggers

Riggers are personnel who are responsible for carrying out the lifting plan.  According to the OSHA standards, riggers on a construction site must be highly trained and should possess the ability to recognize the potential hazards of an assigned rigging task.  They must also be qualified to do the job while complying with the proper procedures.  Lastly, the professional must be well-versed with the correct rigging techniques and should have an understanding of the crane’s capacity to lift certain weights.

OSHA Requirements for Equipment

According to the standard set by this organization, all rigging equipment should be inspected and evaluated for damage and repairs before every use.  It should also be examined during intervals so that the risk of a rigging failure can be minimized.  Workers should remove defective equipment from the construction site immediately.

OSHA Requirements for Slings and Ropes

Slings and ropes are two of the major equipment used in rigging tasks.  What workers need to make sure is that they don’t use the sling without padding, but the padding must also not be permanent as it’ll hinder daily inspections.  Moreover, ropes that are knotted or kinked must be removed from service right away.

OSHA Requirements for Lifting

Lifting must not be conducted near areas that can be damaged because of swinging loads, for instance, a place with stacked materials which can be knocked over.  There also shouldn’t be any overhead power lines in the area.  Workers must also check the ground conditions before the lift as raised or lowered ground can prove to be hazardous.

While crane accidents are possible, it doesn’t mean that you can’t avoid them.  By following these requirements by OSHA, you can make sure that the risks of safety hazards during crane operations on your construction site are minimized.

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