Safety Comes First
When working with heavy equipment, a cautious and safety-first approach must always be adopted. Great care should be taken to make sure that all equipment is in tip-top condition and a risk analysis performed before each job. This entails careful examination of what needs to be done, how the work ought to be undertaken, an assessment of potential risks, and verifying that there is an adequate factor of safety.
Job Safety Analysis
The first step before accepting lifting, transporting or rigging work is to perform a job safety analysis of the work at hand. Identify the scope of the job, including the size, weight and stability of the equipment that has to be moved. If a heavy lift is involved, establish where cables and slings can be attached and verify that attachment points are strong enough to handle the load. Ensure that slings will not cause damage to the equipment or get snagged and that the equipment is rigid enough to be lifted. If this is not the case, it may be necessary to design a suitable lifting cradle.
All potential risks must be identified and assessed. Analyze what could possibly go wrong and take steps to safeguard employees and the general public should the unthinkable happen. Prepare contingency plans to assist with unexpected events.
If a mobile crane is used, the lifting radius must be measured and the safe working load at that radius established. The ground conditions need to be secure to ensure that the crane's support legs are stable and cannot sink into the ground. Working load calculations should be performed. Similarly, if equipment is moved or transported, its weight and center of gravity must be established and a suitable flatbed or trailer used. It's essential to determine the overall height of the load and whether there are any height restrictions on the planned route. The width and center of gravity of the load must also be known.
Doing It Right the First Time
When moving, locating or transporting heavy equipment, it's crucial that every possibility is considered. Just one mistake could lead to disaster. This is why a safety-first approach is so important. At Southwest Industrial Rigging, we take safety seriously. We ensure our employees are fully qualified, comprehend all local and federal regulations regarding our work, and strive to do it right the first time.