Rigging Safety 101: Seven Basic Safe Rigging Practices

Rigging Safety 101: Seven Basic Safe Rigging Practices

safe riggingPre-planning your lift with everyone involved will ensure proper equipment and personnel are in place to make a safe lift.

Always use proper rigging techniques when lifting loads.  Rigging training for your operators is important.  Rigging handbooks and proper equipment should be readily available.  If there is any doubt about the safety of your equipment or lift, stop the hoist, lower the load, and report the condition to your supervisor.  Conduct all lifting operations so that no one will be injured in the event of equipment failure.  Use proper hand signals and communication with all workers involved with the lift.

Listed below are some very basic safe rigging practices:

  1. When rigging, make sure the load hook and upper suspension form a straight line.  The chain or body of the hoist should never come in contact with the load.
  2. Never tip-load hooks.
  3. Always use a sling or lifting device to rig around loads and use engineered lift points for attachment.
  4. Never work under suspended loads or lift loads over people.
  5. Never lift people with a hoist.
  6. When leaving the hoist unattended, land any attached loads.
  7. When the job is complete, place the hoist and hook in a location that will not interfere with the movement of people or materials.

When you are at the controls of a hoist, you have a lot of responsibility in your hands.  By using safe rigging skills, good judgment, and common sense, you will help keep co-workers safe.

The full version of the above article was published in the November/December 2008 issue of Industrial Lift and Hoist magazine.

Peter Cooke
Peter Cooke is a Training Manager specializing in Rigging & Load Securement for Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
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5 Replies to “Rigging Safety 101: Seven Basic Safe Rigging Practices”

  1. Thank you Peter ,

    That’s what i thought also by reading the guidelines and safety recommendations of your product , it was pretty clear to me also.

    Thanks again

  2. Hello Pierre,
    Thank you for reaching out to us. We do not endorse the use of our hoists for lifting people. Our products are not designed for that application.

    Engineers and anyone using our products must follow our recommended use. We would not recommend using our products in a capacity outside their intended use, regardless of who signs off.

    Peter Cooke

  3. Hello ,

    At the safe rigging practices the following is written : Never lift people with a hoist.

    What if an engineer stamps his approval on it ? I work in the entertainment business and such practice is often use .Is there a way to get around the manufacturer safety guidelines regarding lifting persons ?

    Thank you

  4. Jason – thank you for your comment. We need more information from you to better understand what you are trying to accomplish. We will need a description of your application including the weight of the valve, general size and shape, what you are going to lift it with, how far you will be lifting it and how often. We will contact you via e-mail to continue this dialog.

  5. what is the proper rigging used for 4 inch to 10 inch pressure safety valves (PSV) please email illustrations

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