How To Properly Inspect Your Rigging Equipment
Rigging equipment is a primary component of many industrial applications. Along with it is the viability of the hardware and the work crew’s safety. Performing extensive and consistent inspections is a significant aspect of ensuring the safety and completion of a job. Here are some tips that can help maintain a proper inspection process.
Ensure Hardware Has Proper Identification
Ensuring all rigging hardware components have a proper identification tag is critical. In addition to these components housing this identification, it must also be legible for the inspectors. This information signifies the work crew’s load capacity, weight constraints, and servicing needs. A work crew receives training on correctly reading this identification before, during, and after a job.
Certified Inspectors Only
The persons performing the assessment must have adequate training on the inspection process and possess certification. These crew members experienced thorough and proper training to qualify for inspection performances. They are equipped with the knowledge to ensure hardware safety and crew member safety while using the equipment.
Perform Inspections Frequently
A series of inspections are vital to ensure hardware and identification are suitable for a job. Before a piece of equipment or hardware is usable, a thorough examination is essential. After usage begins, all critical components must receive a daily inspection that adheres to usage practices. And to abide by protocols, all equipment will receive an annual review.
Remove Hardware Immediately When Danger Is Detected
When an inspector finds dangerous elements or components, they must remove these pieces of equipment from a jobsite immediately. The continued use of damaged, worn, or aging hardware can pose safety risks to the work environment.
Things to look for as an inspector include:
- Heat damage from excessive exposure
- Corrosion from the elements
- Bent or twisted slings
- Excessive gashes that compromise hardware integrity
- Visible changes in structural makeup
After a proper inspection of all rigging equipment, it’s essential to take an inventory of all elements that need replacing. Contact a rigging supply store to learn more about safety, replacement equipment, and inspection requirements. American Cable Rigging can help keep your crew and jobsite safe!