Moving items from one location to another is one of the major activity in most of our industries, and this needs to be safely done because our own safety and the safety of the entire staff working with us should be our major priority when performing lifting operations. There are so many risks attached to lifting operations because heavy loads are often involved.
In most of the cases, the cause of rigging accidents are always attributed to lack of experience on the part of the rigger. A rigger must ensure the following while carrying out rigging operations.
· The capacity of the device used for hoisting.
· The load limit of the slings, ropes, and hardware used during hoisting operation.
· The weight of the rigging hardware and the load.
General Outline for Hoisting & Rigging Training
Listed below is the outline that is generally followed during the rigging and hoisting operations:
· Introduction to hoisting and rigging operation
· The sling’s selection, use, and inspection.
· The adequate use of wire ropes and chains.
· Basic lifting practices.
Elements That Affects Our Safety During Hoisting Activity
Some equipment’s component might be defective and thus pose a great treat to a worker who use them. Therefore, equipment needs to be thoroughly checked before use.
At times the wind condition might look very unsafe for any hoisting and rigging operation. It is therefore very important that workers are trained on identifying dangerous winds.
This is a very important factor to look out for by riggers and hoisters. Some weather conditions caused by snow, fog, dust, darkness, rain etc. might make workers not see what they are working on and this has the tendency to cause an accident
Faulty Electrical Equipment’s
When electrical lines are not well connected or there are no safety signs to indicate electrical lines workers might get electrocuted unknowingly. This factor has caused the death of many riggers in the time past.
Hoisting & rigging training is a must for workers that works in this area. During this training, you will be introduced to safety measures to follow during operation and you’ll also get to know the dangers that are associated with hoisting and rigging operation and what can be done to avert them.