What You Should Know About Cranes and Rigging
If you work in the industrial or manufacturing industries, there may be times when you need Southwest Industrial Rigging crane and rigging services to complete projects. Instead of purchasing heavy equipment, you can rent or lease the machines you need when you need them. Here's a deeper look at Southwest Industrial Rigging crane or rigging services and when to consider them.
The Science of Rigging
Rigging involves lifting and moving heavy objects by both people and machines called riggers. Cranes are classic rigging equipment run by riggers. These operators should be trained and certified to ensure that they understand OSHA safety standards, since cranes can be very dangerous. Some of the ways to reduce or eliminate crane accidents is to make sure the machine is tested before a job and put out of commission if maintenance issues arise. A rigging team should also avoid working near power lines, operating on unstable ground, or working near unauthorized personnel.
It's important for crane operators to know the load capacity of their cranes, which can be determined by the crane manufacturer's specifications and load charts. Operators must also understand how to lift loads at various angles and how to maintain the machine's center of gravity. Before any job is attempted, the contractor should inspect the job site and come up with plans to make rigging as efficient as possible, such as choosing the most appropriate crane. Some cranes can get into tight spaces while others cannot. Elevation and obstructions are also factors that determine the crane type.
Types of Rigging Projects
- moving equipment to organize a storage facility
- repairing a bridge or overpass
- providing access to the roof of a tall building
- building high-rise structures
- transporting equipment and materials to a job site
- lifting heavy equipment to an upper floor
Proper Crane Training
In order to ensure safety and compliance with government codes, it's essential for all crane operators to get proper training before operating a crane. If you are not able to put in this time, consider using Southwest Industrial Rigging crane and rigging services to do the job for you. Letting experienced professionals at Southwest Industrial Rigging crane and rigging services handle rigging jobs will allow you to focus on what you do best.
Part of maintaining a crane over a series of months or years is making sure it is routinely inspected before every job. Proper maintenance is necessary to ensure the safety, performance and longevity of the machine. It's also important for the rigging team to use outriggers properly in the setup stage. Keep in mind that if a crane is not operated correctly and the rigger ignores ground support and weight capacity, the crane can tip over, causing massive damage and injuries.
Renting or leasing cranes can save your company money. But if you don't have the time or expertise, we're still here to help, as we are professional movers and lifters with over three decades of experience. For more information on cranes and rigging, contact Southwest Industrial Rigging at 602.278.6281.