Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor

Process: Rigging


Rigging Hazards

Description of rigging hazards that can result in serious injuries or fatalities.

Fall Hazards created by:
  • Uneven working surfaces.
  • Wet and slippery working surfaces.
  • Working surfaces not cleared of obstructions.
  • Improper use of portable ladder.
  • Unprotected sides, bulkhead openings, deck holes more than 5 ft.
Struck-by and Crushing Hazards created by:
  • Gear and equipment not properly inspected.
  • Defective gear and equipment.
  • Moving parts and equipment.
  • Loads not safely rigged before being hoisted.
  • Improper use of tag line allowing hoisting material to swing out of control.
  • Loads swung or suspended overhead.
  • Hazardous locations between a swinging load and fixed object.
Electrical Hazards created by:
  • Use of hoisting and hauling equipment near energized lines.
  • Tools and equipment not properly grounded.
  • Defective electrical tools.
  • Worn or frayed electric cables.
Rigging Hazards


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