Tips for Choosing the Right Rigging Equipment
Whether you’re working in construction, shipbuilding, forestry, or manufacturing, rigging is a daily operation for many. You shouldn’t take any rigging or hoisting operation lightly because merely using the wrong equipment could result in a serious accident. Keep several considerations in mind when choosing rigging equipment to promote safety and efficiency. If you’d like to learn from our experts, we put together a list of tips for choosing the right rigging equipment. Read on to learn more.
Identify your load limit
In rigging, nothing is more important than your load limit. Before you can begin considering rigging equipment, you have to know what and how much you’re lifting. If you work in forestry and you’re rigging a bunch of logs, then you could use logging chokers or wire rope. Alternatively, if you’re rigging substantial items like shipping containers, you’ll need stronger equipment such as chain slings.
Consider the environment
The environment can make your rigging process very simple or very difficult. Before choosing your equipment, you want to consider the temperature and climate that you’ll be working in. For instance, if you’re working in a very hot climate, you’ll need a strong wire rope that can withstand high temperatures. Additionally, you’ll want to consider the surrounding environment for your hardware. If you’re working near salt water, for example, your hardware should be stainless steel (if possible) to avoid corrosion.
Purchase from a high-quality supplier
Your rigging equipment is nothing to go cheap on; cheap equipment leads to accidents. Instead, invest in the safety of your employees and yourself by getting your equipment from a supplier that only sells quality equipment. Otherwise, you risk purchasing unreliable rigging equipment that is only going to cost you more in the long run.
While we could expound on additional tips for choosing the right rigging equipment, each rigging operation is different, so we highlighted the more universal tips. However, if you need some more guidance, please contact our customer service team, and we’ll be happy to help you further.
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