Why You Need Rigging Services

Suppose you intend to hire a crane; most rental companies will recommend that you hire crane riggers. However, some contractors do not see the need for rigging services since they need to reduce the rental costs. Unknown to them, riggers are a vital aspect of crane operation. Continue reading to understand the benefits of hiring a crane rigger and what to look for when hiring the rigger. 

Reasons To Hire A Rigger

Most people confuse riggers with operators, which they are not. However, the professionals work hand in hand with the operator when the crane is in use. Below are a few reasons to consider rigging services when hiring a crane: 

  • Riggers can help out with the dilemmas of which crane to use at the site. Typically, they visit the site, examine the risks, and consult with supervisors and engineers to know the loads to be hoisted. The assessments enable them to determine the crane to use at the site.
  • Riggers help install the crane at the site. Ideally, they choose a convenient location with a rigid surface. Besides, they ensure that the crane jib and hook do not damage nearby buildings and installations as the crane moves.
  • Riggers keep other site employees safe when the crane is in use. Ideally, they inform them about the operator's blind spot, the crane's swing angle, lowering, and hoisting mechanism to ensure they do not get hit by the crane. Moreover, they train them how to react to emergencies such as when jib is too fast or the wire rope is damaged.
  • The riggers attach and detach loads from the hook. They communicate with the operator using flags, radio systems, or hand signals to inform them when it is safe to lift or lower the loads.
  • Riggers inspect the cranes and conduct routine maintenance such as lubricating and tightening the various components. 

Choosing A Crane Rigger

A concern when hiring a rigger would be their experience in the crane operations at the site. For instance, some riggers specialise in tower cranes while others rig mobile cranes. If possible, the rigger should have a working relationship with the operator. Alternatively, they should have excellent interpersonal skills to ease communication between them and the operator and site personnel. Finally, assess the rigger's availability. Remember, they must be present when the crane is in use. Moreover, they might have to put in extra hours to inspect and maintain the crane. Finally, the rigger should have a rigging and high-risk work licence. Look into rigging services near you.

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Welcome to my blog. My name is Tommy, and I learned how to drive a back hoe before I could drive a car. Now, I work in finance but still adore heavy construction equipment so I decided to start this blog. Before you start reading, let me introduce myself. I am a 34 year old who moved to the city to attend uni 15 years ago. I always thought I would return to a small town but fell in love and have never left the city. I have two sons, and I love surfing, fishing and spending time with them.