Rigging is a critical part of shipyard employment. Riggers prepare ships’ equipment, components or sections for lifting by cranes, hoists or other material handling equipment. Riggers also act as signalman. Worker safety is of utmost concern when performing rigging tasks.
Improper rigging of a load or a rigging failure can expose riggers and other workers nearby to a variety of potential hazards. Riggers have been injured or killed when loads have slipped from the rigging, or when the rigging has failed. Therefore all loads must be safely rigged, including adequate welds on pad eyes (page C-8) prior to a lift.
The following are topics that should be discussed with workers prior to beginning rigging operations:
Sharing the safe work practices and information in this guidesheet will help keep workers safe.
Preventing damage to lifting gear, lifting equipment, vessel components and other loads is also critical.
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