Rigging hardware – defined here as equipment or hardware used to attach heavy objects to lifting devices to ensure safety – is critical when it comes to safety in an industrial environment.
General rigging safety requirements include:
• Never allowing anyone to use rigging equipment that’s not in tip-top condition. Even just one “minor” fault or defect shouldn’t be dismissed.
• All rigging/hardware should be inspected carefully by an expert. Doing so helps make sure the equipment is safe. An inspection should take place before each and every use.
• Rigging hardware found to be defective at even the slightest amount should never be used. If the hardware can’t be repaired, dispose of it. (Not discarding it could mean that someone who is not aware of the defect could use it.)
• Before using the hardware, check to make sure you know the highest weight the rigging is designed to lift, the types of hitches it uses, the length or angle upon which this weight is based upon, and the number of legs, and so on.
• All workers should stay away from loads that are being lifted or lowered. This helps ensure that people won’t be hurt should there be an accident.
• When it comes to the proper way to maintain and store any piece of rigging equipment, know the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations so well you can recite it from memory. Follow the instructions to the letter.
• Regularly service and inspect rigging equipment. Never neglect this important task.