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Rigging looks like an
easy operation, one that doesn't seem to require any particular skill or
experience. But don't be fooled. Many people who've thought that "anyone
can do it" have lost fingers or hands, or suffered more serious injuries.
We don't want any one injured while rigging on this job. So I'm going to point
out some of the "do's and doníts." Pay close attention.
GET YOUR SIGNALS STRAIGHT
Appoint one member of the crew to act as signalman, and instruct the
crane operator not to accept signals from anyone else. The signalman must not order a move until getting an
"all ready" from each crew member. Each worker in turn must be in the
clear before giving an "all ready" to the signal-man. If you must hold
on to the chain, sling, choker, or what ever to maintain tension, be sure your
hands and feet are out of the way of pinch points before giving an "all
PROTECT YOUR HANDS
If it isn't possible to
release the chain, sling, or choker, be sure your hand is clear of pinch points.
In fact, keep your hand far enough away so that a frayed wire or splinter on the
chain can't catch your glove and jerk your hand into a pinch point.
WATCH OUT FOR ROCK AND ROLL
It's almost impossible
to position the hook exactly over the load center. So, watch out for a swing or
roll. Anticipate he direction of
the swing or roll and work away from it. Never place yourself between material,
equipment or other stationary objects and the load. Stay away from stacked
material that may be knocked over by a swinging load.
STAY OUT FROM UNDER
Never get under a
suspended load, and keep out from under the crane's boom too. The chances are
that nothing will break. But are you willing to bet life and limb that it won't?
SET IT DOWN CAREFULLY
When it's necessary to
guide a load, use a tag line or hook. If you have to walk with a load, keep it
as close to the ground as possible. Before hand, look over the spot where the
load is to be landed. Remove unnecessary blocks or the objects that might fly up
when struck by the load. When lowering or setting a load, keep your feet
and all other parts of your body out from under. Set the load down easily and
slowly. Then, if it rolls on the blocking, it will shift slowly and you'll be
able to get away.
TEAMWORK'S THE SECRET OF SAFETY
Teamwork is important on any job to prevent injury to yourself or others. But on a rigging job, this goes double.
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