Six Practices That Help Prevent Rigger Accidents In Your Construction Operation

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Rigger equipment is essential for many construction operations. Rigger equipment needs to be used properly to ensure safety on construction sites. The following are six important practices you can use at your worksite to prevent rigger accidents in construction operations. 

Taking load control measures

Losing control of the load being supported by rigger equipment can easily result in an accident. Being aware of factors such as the center of gravity of the load and the weather conditions that might influence load stabilization are just two of the numerous load control measures your operators should take. 

Keeping careful track of the weights that rigger equipment is supporting

Rigger equipment that you use should have a weight capacity that is specified by the manufacturer. Your rigger should have a maximum load capacity number labeled on it somewhere. Accessory equipment that you use with your rigger, such as eye bolts and slings, may also specify weight capacity limits.

Being aware of both the load capacity of your equipment and the total weight of your load is essential. 

Performing routine inspections of rigger equipment

Routine inspections of rigger equipment are essential for looking out for repair and maintenance needs that could compromise safety.

During inspections, components including hardware, fastenings, slings, and attachments should be inspected. Train your employees to perform equipment inspections every time rigger equipment is used. 

Updating rigger equipment periodically

Rigger equipment that is excessively old may no longer be safe to use. It's important to update your equipment and replace outdated riggers before they become below-grade and unsafe.

You should not only replace your rigger itself before it becomes too old, but you should also replace components periodically such as slings and fastenings. 

Taking measures to ensure sling protection 

Sling protection measures include using safety features like sleeves, guards, and magnetic protection equipment to ensure that slings don't become weakened by damage during rigger use. 

It's never acceptable for a rigger to be used without a sling cover because this drastically increases accident risk. Sling protection can protect slings from sharp edges, protrusions, and corners that could cut into slings and make them less stable. 

Ensuring that rigger operators have been properly trained

Every staff member of your company involved with the use of rigger equipment needs to go through training. Training should include practicing safe rigging and hoisting. Make sure that training practices you use to prepare staff members to operate riggers involve thoroughly going over safety equipment and considerations.  

For more information about riggers, contact a local company like Sentry Steel Service Company.