Choosing both the proper rigging equipment and lifting products ensures that your workplace is as safe as possible. The trouble that many businesses face is that they aren’t sure exactly which type of rigging and lifting gear is necessary for the job; will a marine rope be the right choice, or is wire rope necessary? Is a chain sling good enough for the task at hand, or are wire rope slings the better choice?
The importance of choosing the proper equipment is clear when you’re working in an environment with heavy duty equipment. Here are a few things to consider when you’re deciding which type of lifting and rigging equipment is the best option:
- First, if you know exactly what you need in terms of individual equipment, make a list. Be sure to order this list so that the most essential items are first. If your product choices come down to a matter of cost, you’ll want to be sure that you’ve purchased the highest-quality equipment; purchasing equipment for convenience isn’t a good idea if it means having to purchase low-quality items.
- Temperature is important for many types of rigging equipment. A metallic-core wire rope sling, for example, may not operate properly above 400 degrees F or below -40 degrees F, while uncoated metal mesh slings may not operate properly at temperatures higher than 550 degrees F. It’s essential to determine the temperature you’re dealing with and then check with the manufacturer to make sure that you’re choosing equipment suitable for that temperature. (Please read and download our Specifications information on all ropes and equipment).
- Load limit is another factor to consider. Your working load limit is the maximum weight that can safely be applied to a specific piece of rigging equipment. Remember that this load limit isn’t necessarily the same for every piece of equipment you’re using. After determining the weight of your rigging task, make sure that every piece of equipment is at that limit or over it; it’s better to use a piece of equipment that can handle more weight than you’re applying instead of using a piece of equipment that might not be able to accommodate the weight safely.
- Lastly, you’ll want to remember that durability is important when it comes to rigging and lifting equipment. Always purchase quality rigging and lifting equipment and supplies. With regular maintenance and inspections you should feel confident that your equipment will last as long as the manufacturer says it will.
When it comes to making sure that your workplace is safe, picking out the best possible lifting and rigging equipment should be one of your top priorities.