Machine Moving and Haulage

Best practices for rigging safety

When moving heavy equipment, rigging safety needs to be top of mind to keep machinery and the people moving it out of harm’s way during the lifting process. Extreme rigging or sling failure can cause severe injuries or worse.

Three critical areas of safety hazards in rigging include:

  1. Fall hazards caused by uneven, wet, or obstructed surfaces.
  2. Crushing and struck-by hazards caused by moving objects or defective rigging equipment.
  3. Electrical hazards cause by working near electricity lines or with equipment that’s not properly grounded.

Why rigging fails

The most common safety risk is improper rigging. Therefore, it's crucial to use a qualified rigger who understands various rigging techniques and can choose the proper hardware for the job. They calculate the working load limit, consider the location and possibility of the load damaging the equipment.

Before every use, it's critical to inspect every component of your rigging equipment. Faulty equipment is often the result of exposure to chemicals or extreme temperatures. In addition, abrasion from loads can cause tears that result in equipment failure.

Finally, exceeding the workload limit of rigging equipment is a common issue when it comes to rigging safety. This is another reason why you should consult a qualified rigging professional to calculate the load weight.

Improve rigging safety

Double-check the load weight before the lift and ensure that below-the-hook elements like spreader bars and lifting beams are included in your weigh calculation.

Designate a spotter at a higher vantage point to communicate with the rigger as an extra safety layer.

Create a pre-lift checklist to ensure you cover all the essential details.

Do a test lift to verify the load’s centre of gravity for better load control. It helps to ensure that everything is in place before engaging the equipment in its maximum strain.

Always have several professionals inspect your rigging hardware before the job commences to identify tears, cracks, or corrosion.


Rigwell has over 20 years of experience in moving heavy machines, and our experts are focused onrigging safety Chat with our team today if you need a partner for moving heavy loads safely.