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Important Hoisting and Rigging Safety Considerations

Crane Safety | Feb 14 / 23

Hoisting and rigging safety is vital for any industry that needs to lift heavy materials by crane or another method. Failure to understand some of the most important hoisting and rigging safety considerations can greatly increase the risk of safety incidents, so it is important for every member of a project to know about these considerations. That is why the mobile crane experts at TNT Crane & Rigging have put together some information on 3 crucial considerations for safe hoisting and rigging to ensure optimal safety while lifting and placing heavy materials.

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3 Crucial Considerations for Safe Hoisting and Rigging

Whether you are a crane operator or work on a site where rigging and hoisting are required, it is crucial to know about the following considerations and why they matter:

1. Potential Hazards

Knowing how to identify potential hazards for rigging and lifting projects is crucial for maintaining a high level of safety. While all potential hazards should be outlined in a lift plan, it is worth training site personnel in proper hazard awareness to further increase safety. Typical hazards can include obstacles such as power lines and nearby buildings or the use of improper rigging equipment or rigging techniques. The materials being lifted and the equipment being used should also be considered as a hazard to minimize safety risks and maintain site awareness.

2. The Equipment

The equipment used for hoisting and rigging is of the utmost importance. That is why it is crucial for all site personnel to understand which types of equipment are available and which options are best for the current job. In addition to the cranes and other lifting equipment, some examples of rigging and hoisting equipment include:

  • Hitches
  • Fibre ropes
  • Knots
  • Slings
  • Chains
  • Blocking and cribbing
  • Anchorage hardware

In addition to knowing how to use this equipment, it is important to understand how to store it and care for it to maximize its usable life and safety.

3. Proper Signalling Procedures

Every member of a project team should know the proper signals for crane operation to ensure optimal safety as a crane operator will not always have a clear line of sight. These signals will help nearby personnel act as spotters for the operator, informing them of potential obstacles or other important information to ensure that each lift is performed safely.

To learn more about hoisting and rigging safety or to inquire about our mobile crane rentals, reach out to the team at TNT Crane & Rigging. Our experts will work with you to provide a safe and efficient solution for your precise site requirements.