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R. Baker & Son: Rigging Safety Guidelines
According to OSHA, a significant number of construction accidents are crane-related, and most could have been prevented with proper safety measures
Guidelines for rigging safety:
Inspect the condition of your equipment on a daily basis. Check cables for kinks or worn or broken wires, and slings and straps for fraying or cuts. Hooks, shackles, and pins should not be bent, and metal should not show corrosion, cracks, or excessive wear. Any equipment showing damage, no matter how slight, must be immediately removed from service.
Know your equipment, and use it properly: equipment and accessories should be selected based on precise load size and weight analyses and calculations. There is no room for error in rigging; if a load doesn’t meet the safe capacity, don’t make the lift.
Develop an approved pick plan where required and whenever possible. Determine whether a tagline is necessary, especially where clearances are limited.
Check slings and connections:
Position cranes on stable ground and make sure the area is sufficient to accommodate the crane outriggers, and the load.
Take precautions when there are high winds, and be prepared for sudden gusts. If winds exceed or threaten to exceed safe limits, do not make the lift.
Designate team leaders and signal persons, and assign specific roles to team members taking part in the lift.
Crane operators should first lift a load a few inches to make sure it is properly balanced and secured and the equipment is functioning properly.
Loads should be moved smoothly over the planned route, with no sudden movements. When necessary, riggers use taglines to control a load and prevent spinning from a safe distance.
R. Baker & Son’s expert team includes master riggers, professional engineers, and skilled rigging tradesman capable of handling even the most challenging and complex rigging projects. We provide clients with a full selection of rigging services including rigging of heavy equipment and machinery, sensitive pharmaceutical and manufacturing equipment, rigging and dismantling of equipment and process lines, equipment salvage and removal, match marking, reinstallation, and millwrighting.
For more information on R. Baker & Son’s rigging services, please visit our website at www.rbaker.com.
About R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in business since 1935, is a premier specialized contractor operating in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with over one hundred employees and an exemplary safety record (we have been directly involved in nearly a dozen projects achieving OSHA VPP Star status). R. Baker & Son is financially strong, with bonding capabilities over $10 million. Capabilities include industrial and commercial demolition, rigging, machinery- and plant-moving, dismantling, decommissioning, plant and equipment relocation, interior demolition, selective demolition, warehousing, wrecking and razing, millwright, plant reconfigurations, heavy rigging, salvage, environmental services, remediation, decontamination, abatement, and investment and asset recovery.
R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services
1 Globe Court
Red Bank, NJ 07701