When performing rigging tasks, there are five guidelines every rigger should know before any lifting procedure is done. First and foremost, riggers should be qualified. Certification is not required, but OSHA explains the criteria for qualified riggers in this Fact Sheet.
A post by Certified Slings & Supply, a rigging gear supplier offering training, inspections, and other services, identifies four other key factors—pre-use inspection of equipment and the environment, making sure the load is rigged so that it is balanced when lifted, using spotters, and proper storage of rigging gear following use.
Slings can become damaged by coming in contact with abrasive edges, the corners of the load, or protrusions from the load, which is why rigging gear should be inspected before and after use.
DICA’s LiftGuard Sling Protectors can prevent common sling damage by softening the edges of the load and keeping the sling away from other contact points during lifting operations.
Check out 5 Rules for Safe Rigging from Certified Slings & Supply.