If you plan on going into a career where rigging and lifting are required, some formal training will be necessary. Since you will be using heavy machinery to lift loads that can potentially weigh thousands of pounds, it makes sense to learn as much as possible about rigging and lifting. Continue reading to find out the three most valuable skills you’ll learn in rigging and lifting training.
Preparing for a Lift
Before you hook up a massive load to a crane, some things need to be done. This isn’t a simple task so you must do it correctly.
In addition to keeping yourself and your crew safe, you need to be mindful of OSHA and ASME standards as well. Before every job, you’re going to have to inspect your gear, crane, fall protection equipment, hardware, and surroundings.
Below are the common inspections you’ll learn:
- Inspecting hardware for deformities
- Inspecting lines, slings, and webbing
- Inspecting protective gear for damage and defects
- OSHA and ASME standards for how often inspections need to be conducted
- Types of inspections that require a designated “competent person”
Lifting huge loads is based on science, skills, and knowing how to utilize loading gear properly. There are many different ways to lift a load, so it’s imperative to know which methods to use in what situations. Even more important is knowing how to pull those methods off.
The following rigging techniques are commonly taught in rigging and lifting training:
- Utilizing winches
- Rigging safety
- Wire chain slinging
- Utilizing synthetic slings
- Hardware applications
- Block and tackle techniques
Dropping loads can cause considerable expenses to the company. Even worse, it can cause serious injury. Properly controlling a load requires finesse and knowledge. You’ll need to understand how angles impact how easily a load is moved. You’ll also need to understand the load capacities for each piece of gear. You’ll also need to grasp the basics of how gravity works and where to attach your hoist so you won’t be working against gravity.
The following load strategies will be taught in rigging and lifting training:
- Using taglines
- Proper sling angles
- Determining load capacities
- Responding to hand signals
- How hitches will impact load capacity
- Balancing loads at the center of gravity
- Adequate use of turnbuckles for tensioning
- Using hoists to create a mechanical advantage
Using the Proper Equipment
Once you get your foot in the door, management is responsible for ensuring everyone is trained properly and that the right equipment is being used. At Silver State Wire Rope and Rigging, our knowledgeable staff can help your company ensure that the proper equipment is available to all employees. Contact us for more information.