There is no such thing as being too safe, especially when it comes to hoisting and rigging, which involves materials handling, safely moving items from one place to another. Typically, hoists are utilized when materials are heavy, oversized or bulky, making them difficult to move. Hoists commonly use “slings” to move materials overhead using a crane or forklift.
Slings are made from a variety of different materials. Most of the time slings are made from heavy wire rope, chains and mesh.
Rigging describes the installation of lifting and rolling equipment, which is used after the material is hoisted. Rigging utilizes wire rope, turnbuckles, shackles and jacks along with cranes and other types of lifting equipment.
Together hoisting and rigging is a process of moving items but if not done properly, can be a very dangerous job. According to The Center for Construction Research and Training, an average of 22 constructions workers were killed in crane-related accidents from 1992 to 2006. That said, proper training and continuing education is critical in keeping your team safe.
Many industries rely on hoisting and rigging to complete their jobs. In an industrial setting the use of hoists and rigging is most frequently used in manufacturing and construction and other industries where the need to move heavy equipment and materials is present.
Since hoisting and rigging is most often used to move very heavy and bulky building and construction materials, there are many hazards, so it’s critical that workers be property trained in safety and proper operating measures. Before beginning the hoisting and rigging process the worker should do the following:
Employers considering upgrading their safety procedures and conduct employee training. They should make sure that the following topics are included in the program.
If you’re looking to keep your employees safe on the job and looking for the best safety program for hoists and riggers, look no further than NTT Training’s Hoisting and Rigging Seminar. For more information about this and other important training programs, connect with NTT today.
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