Industrial Rigging – Why Inspections Are So Important
Industrial rigging is never a simple job. If not done correctly, it can lead to accidents, injuries, or project delays. One of the first steps in completing a successful rigging job is having your equipment inspected. Performing an inspection before the job starts can prevent accidents from happening and keep your project running on schedule. So before your next job, considered the following in regards to rigging inspections.
Two of the most important reasons to have regular inspections done on your industrial rigging equipment is to keep your workers safe and to keep your project running smoothly. Without proper inspections, your equipment can break down at the worst possible times. Unexpected breakdowns can lead to accidents which can sometimes cause employee injuries. These breakdowns can also cause a significant delay in your project timeline, which can lead to increased costs. By ensuring these inspections are conducted regularly, your project will run as efficiently as possible.
A visual inspection should be conducted before every use of important pieces of rigging equipment such as slings and wire ropes. The person conducting the inspection should check for obvious wear and tear. Slings and hooks are subjected to extreme pressure every time they are used, so as time goes on, their strength and integrity will decrease. This is why it is so important to conduct regular visual inspections before using the equipment. If damage is found and it cannot be fixed, that rigging hardware must be taken out of commission immediately.
This kind of inspection is a much more thorough one and needs to be completed by a qualified safety inspector. All equipment will be fully evaluated to ensure there are no safety or functionality concerns with the rigging hardware. An itemized list will be created from the inspection highlighting if the equipment is in acceptable condition, if it needs repairs, or if it needs to be completely replaced. The frequency of these inspections depends on the equipment being used, as some pieces of equipment experience much more wear and tear than others. You should consult with a certified safety inspector and your master rigger to determine the frequency of these inspections. Once you decide on an inspection schedule, you should stick with it to ensure consistent thorough inspections.
Industrial Rigging Inspections Are Critical for Your Project
Heritage Industrial Services provides all forms of industrial rigging, machinery moving, plant relocation, and installation nationwide. Our services run the range from removing and installing small individual machines to very large plant size projects. Our clients are diverse and include commercial, industrial, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, petroleum, chemical, warehousing, and other industries. Heavy industrial and manufacturing equipment relocation can be a serious challenge, but with over 90 years of combined experience, there isn’t much we haven’t moved or done.
Heritage Industrial’s expert staff employs the most up-to-date equipment and certified safety techniques including thorough inspections to ensure the highest quality and safest rigging operations. Heritage Industrial employs NCCCO and OSHA trained riggers and signalman for all projects to ensure that all your rigging needs are performed safely, productively, and on budget with no issues. We are committed to conducting business operations in a manner that sustains the environment and protects the health and safety of our employees, our clients, and the public. Heritage has set a goal of ZERO injuries, illnesses and incidents for the company. Consideration for employee safety and well-being is of paramount importance to us. To discuss the details about your next industrial rigging project, please call us at 609-752-0143 or contact us today!