Rigging:  Rigging is when workers prepare equipment to be lifted by cranes, hoists or other material-handling machinery.  Performing rigging operations safely is critical. 

OSHA notes that riggers must be:

  • Properly trained on the hazards associated with rigging jobs;
  • Qualified and able to comply with all procedures;
  • Aware of where the crane is operating (surface should be level and firm enough to support the crane and load);
  • Familiar with rigging techniques and equipment;
  • Able to anticipate issues before they happen;
  • Able to stop a job immediately if unsafe conditions exist; and
  • Aware of the weight of the load and the capacities of the crane and any rigging gear.

OSHA offers multiple tips including:

  • Riggers should keep their hands, fingers and feet clear of pinch points.
  • Be aware of stacked material when lifting, to avoid knocking it over with a swinging load.
  • Use a designated spotter during lifting, to ensure proper clearances are maintained.
  • Check for overhead power lines before lifting a load.
  • Warn nearby workers before raising, lowering or swinging a load.
  • When setting a load down, check that the landing area is clear and set it down slowly.

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