Four key elements of rigging safety training

by American Crane And Safety OSHA rigging and signal training

Crane operations are serious business; extremely heavy loads are lifted with a crane, and improper rigging can bring about an unfortunate accident. Rigging safety training is an integral part of making sure that the crane operates smoothly and there are no risks of mishaps. Keeping in view that 90% of crane disasters are a direct result of human error; enrolling in appropriate onsite rigging safety courses can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Here are a few areas that this safety training covers:

Physical and mental preparation

Workers involved with rigging are responsible for other people’s lives as well as thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of equipment (possibly even more in inventory.) Needless to say, being well-rested and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol is of the utmost importance. On top of that, workers also need to be in a healthy condition as injuries and illnesses can easily lead to devastating blunders. It’s also important for workers to not work around cranes if they are emotionally off guard. After all, anger and despair don’t go well with heavy equipment.

Protective equipment

Rigging works are fraught with danger so every worker should be clad in protective equipment at all times when working with cranes. Equipment such as leather gloves, safety shoes with steel toes, hard hat, safety glasses all work very well to protect workers against sharp objects and machinery.

Crane inspection

If the crane hasn’t been inspected on schedule, it shouldn't be put into service because if it malfunctions, extremely tragic accidents can take place. The hook must also be well-inspected. On the odd occasions, crane hooks may have a damaged or bent safety latch, which could easily result in a load falling off the hook.

Electricity awareness

One of the key areas of crane and rigging safety that OSHA rigging and signal training covers is electricity awareness. Workers must take a look at their surroundings and try to find power lines that might get in the way of their work. They must also be aware of where other electrical equipment is located. Furthermore, they need to keep track of the weather conditions and stop working in an electrical storm, of course.

90% of crane accidents are from human error and this includes accidents due to rigging safety. Make sure that all workers wear the right equipment, are physically and mentally prepared to work and carry out a comprehensive inspection of the work area. Crane accidents are dreadful but with formal certified rigging safety courses in Spanish or English, such incidents can be reduced substantially.

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