It is extremely important that this equipment is understood from top to bottom, inside out else you can fall prey to many a trap like many novices before you. For one, planning and safety of this gear must be thoroughly addressed. Here are the top mistakes you want to avoid when it comes to handling and maintaining such gear.
Lack of Training
For the sake of the safety of the workers around you as well as the equipment you’re handling, it is advised that you no handle equipment that you haven’t had proper training for. If you lack the proper knowledge when handling this equipment and something goes wrong, it’ll be quite costly to fix so it’s definitely not a risk worth taking.
Lack of Consultation
Working with an expert in rigging plans will ensure you make all the right decisions when it comes to your project. Such experts are familiar with a range of techniques and are able to adapt to different crane designs and on-site equipment to make sure your operations will be conducted both efficiently and safely.
Ignoring Manufacturer Instructions
Many tend to neglect these instructions altogether but if you plan to operate this equipment safely, then you need to run it exactly how it was designed to be operated. So, keep the manufacturer’s manual and the owner’s instructions in mind at all times.
Lack of Knowledge
Lately, the policies regarding safety regulations have been strictly enforced since there was an increase in cranes tipping over, resulting in injuries and at times even death. The problem then was that the workers didn’t know how to read the load charts so didn’t have a proper understanding of the measures, angles and balance needed to maintain the machine’s centre of gravity. Every crane has a load capacity so you need to make sure it’s not exceeded by always checking if the numbers match up before an operation is underway. If it exceeds the amount, you could risk damaging both the crane and the operator. So you need to be fully up to date on the regulations and safety standards when dealing with such heavy duty equipment as the repercussions can be fatal.
Yet another significant error is not understanding which gear is right for material handling. By not consulting an expert and selecting the wrong slings and hardware, you risk prolonging both the time and cost of the project.
Part of the job is making sure you don’t neglect your equipment. If it’s meant to be stored a certain way (it’s usually detailed by the manufacturer or owner) then you should make sure to store it exactly so or you could risk reducing its performance. For example, a sling is cleaned and lubricated so that it doesn’t corrode and rust away. Also remember to carry out an inspection before every operation on all the rigging equipment. Anything that doesn’t work needs a red tag so people will know it’s out of commission and you’ll also have to notify the owner.
These are the top rigging equipment mistakes you need to avoid to keep the project from being jeopardized.