The rigging and lifting industry can be dangerous. This is mainly due to the high risk to people and property. That’s why the gear and accessories used in these industries must be a perfect match for the machines and specific jobs. The procedures, safety measures, and equipment specifications must be precise. Here are some factors you should consider when choosing wire rope and rigging equipment.
The first step for ensuring safety on the job site is to hire the right people to work lifting machines. The next step is to ensure these people are adequately trained to perform the job safely and efficiently. Once the right workers are hired and properly trained, you can focus on the proper equipment for the specific job.
There are many different types of rigging supplies, and each type has its specific characteristics, reputation, and capabilities. Riggers sometimes struggle with choosing the correct lifting equipment for specific jobs. To make the selection process easier, three factors should be considered to help narrow down the choices.
What objects are being lifted? Do the objects have sharp corners, or are they blunt? Where is the center of gravity? How much lifting space do you have to work with? These questions will help narrow down the options for rigging gear that will be safe and efficient for your specific needs.
The Load Limits
It’s imperative to know the exact load limits you’re working with. A load limit is a maximum weight that can be safely lifted with the rigging equipment being utilized. The gear will indicate these specific limits, so you must pay close attention to these numbers. The entire operation can be at risk due to one weak area. Be sure to check your weight loads and buy gear rated for that weight.
Temperature is another important factor when choosing rigging supplies. Whether high or low, extreme temperatures can have negative effects if the proper rigging supplies aren’t utilized. Wire ropes are better suited for hot environments while fiber cores perform better in cold climates.
Ask the Pros
At Silver State Wire Rope and Rigging, we pride ourselves in providing you and your company with comprehensive wire rope and rigging solutions. Our professional staff can help you with all your wire rope and rigging needs. Contact us for more information.