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When Should Rigging Equipment be Inspected?

Injuries at the workplace should not be taken for granted, especially ones that can happen on building sites. Over the five years from 2011 to 2017, the CFOI recorded 297 deaths attributed to cranes, which is a shockingly high number.

Routinely checking the condition of your rigging, rope pulley blocks, and lifting hardware are essential. Numerous advantages come with it, but the most important is a safer workplace.

Rigging equipment inspection also detects and prevents equipment failure, which can help avoid catastrophic damage and severe casualties. Additional advantages consist of an improvement in production and a decrease in the need for maintenance and repairs.

To aid you in this endeavour, let's look at the optimal time when you should inspect the rigging equipment.

Inspection and Disposition of Rigging Equipment

Rigging and lifting gear come in a wide variety of forms. Both the OSHA and ASME have released guidelines for rigging equipment inspection, removal of equipment, and inspection procedures for safety equipment harnesses and lanyards.

You'll have to follow their guidelines for checking and removing a product developed specifically for that product. There are essentially three major categories of checks.

Now, let's check out what these are.

Initial Inspection

This routine machinery check is standard procedure - you must ensure the rigging hardware meets all relevant regulations. It doesn't matter if the machinery is brand new, refurbished, or repaired; you still need to get it inspected.

All rigging equipment should be inspected visually after receiving it from the provider. 

Verify the tags or markings on the hardware, hooks, and double leg wire rope sling to ensure that the items are what you bought for the lifting needs of your project.

Regular or Daily Inspecting

Depending on how often you use the equipment, you'll need to do checks to ensure its continued proper functioning. When working with rigging, it is recommended that you check it daily.

Even though you don't usually do so, you should check it before every shift. Your rigging equipment will influence the specifics of your inspection checklist.

Normal deterioration does not always occur with time. Shock loads with sharp corners or edges and chemical or heat exposure can cause damage in just one lift.

Periodic Inspection

Person in Black Shorts inspecting a rigging equipment

Per OSHA and ASME regulations, periodic rigging and lifting equipment inspection must be documented and performed at least once yearly. If the equipment is going to be subjected to harsher service conditions, it may need to be inspected every three months or perhaps every month.

You will require a tailored inspection strategy to guarantee the security of your rigging or lifting operations. In addition, you'll need to track how often a lift should be inspected or rigged to meet OSHA and ASME regulations.

What Kinds of Equipment Are Used for Rigging?

The rigging equipment on a construction site consists of anything used to move heavy things by hoisting, pushing, lifting, or pulling them. Cranes can use several lifting components, including jacks, hooks, chain hosts, and more. Rope slings, chain slings, spread beams, and other gear are all rigging equipment necessary to safely secure a load onto the crane before it is moved. 

What Kind of Rigging Equipment Should Be Inspected?

Hardware for rigging might be as basic as a synthetic web sling or as complex as a set of steel chains, slings, and hooks.

Inspect all rigging parts, no matter how simple or sturdy they appear. Even the tiniest rigging flaw can jeopardize security if you don't keep an eye on it.

You should be aware of the OSHA sling inspection requirements and other equipment requirements. You can either follow these guidelines or work with a professional inspection service to set up a plan.

When Rigging Inspection per Year Isn’t Enough

The following factors should be taken into account when deciding whether or not a rigging inspection on equipment is required more frequently than once a year:

  • Average daily usage rate;
  • The seriousness of the service situation;
  • Information gleaned from studying the longevity of similar machines in similar settings;
  • The specifics of lifting and other forms of load-handling.

Safety Comes First at Southeast Rigging

You can see that checking the condition of your rigging gear is a crucial first step in creating a more secure and fruitful workplace for everyone involved.

Southeast Rigging is the company to call if you require lifting and rigging services. With our help, you may have the assurance that comes from meeting all safety regulations. In addition to premier rigging equipment and materials, we also provide training and inspection, and testing services. Give us a call to arrange a meeting today.

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