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Rigging Equipment: How to Choose the Right Rigging Equipment for the Job

Rigging Equipment | November 28, 2017

At Western Equipment, we know that choosing the right rigging equipment for the job will help ensure that your workplace is as safe as possible. That is why we carry a wide range of rigging and material handling equipment that is specifically designed and tested to the highest safety standards. If you are in the market for some new rigging equipment but are unsure of what will be work best for you, here are some tips on how to choose the right rigging equipment for the job.

Tips for Choosing the Right Rigging Equipment for the Job

Having the right rigging equipment for the job can mean the difference between success and a world of problems. Here are some simple tips to help you choose the right rigging equipment for the job.

1. Identifying the Job Size and Load Limit

In order to choose the right rigging equipment, you must first have a very clear idea of the load that the equipment needs to bear, so that you can pick equipment that has the right load bearing capacity. The prerequisite for a safe rigging operation is knowing about the load of the weight and the rigging hardware. The working load limit is the maximum weight that can be safely applied to a specific piece of rigging equipment. After determining the weight of the rigging task, you will need to make sure that every piece of equipment is at that limit or over it; it is better to use a piece of equipment that can handle more weight than you are applying instead of using a piece of equipment that might not be able to accommodate the weight safely. Making a mistake when identifying the nature and weight of the load that the rigging will hoist will potentially lead to severe accidents.

2. Choosing the Right Rigging Equipment for Specific Weather Conditions

Temperature is an important factor for many types of rigging equipment. For instance, a metallic-core wire rope sling may not operate properly in extreme temperatures, while uncoated metal mesh slings will operate properly in extreme heat.  It is essential to determine the temperature you will be dealing with and then check with the manufacturer to make sure that you are choosing equipment suitable for that temperature.

3. Testing and Inspecting the Rigging Equipment

Inspecting and testing rigging equipment is a crucial process that should not be neglected. When inspecting and testing the equipment, make sure to check all of the slings, fastenings, and other parts of the equipment to ensure that everything is in working order. If a single part is out of place, it could mean disaster for the project.

If you would like to learn more about how to choose the right rigging equipment for the job, or if you are interested in one of our products or services, please contact Western Equipment at the nearest branch or by filling out a contact form on our website.