OSHA Standards require the inspection of cranes, rigging, and rigging hardware prior to any lift. Failure to inspect can, and has, led to catastrophic failure, injuries, and even loss of life.
What is the inspection criteria? When is a Qualified Rigger required? Who is authorized to perform annual inspections? What are the requirements for Signal Persons? Knowing the OSHA Standards is essential to success when using cranes and performing rigging and lifting activities. Training in the OSHA Standards that apply to your particular tasks can help to answer the question, “What does success look like?” After all, the life you save may be your own.
THE RIGGER’S CODE
“A RIGGER HAS A DEFINITE OBLIGATION TO HIS FELLOW WORKMAN, TO HIS EMPLOYER AND TO THE PUBLIC TO SEE THAT HIS EVERY ACT IS PERFORMED IN THE SAFEST POSSIBLE MANNER… A MISTAKE ON THE PART OF THE RIGGER CAN EASILY CAUSE THE LOSS OF LIFE AND THE DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY… A CAREFUL RIGGER DOES NOT GUESS OR PLAY HUNCHES, HE HAS TO MAKE SURE HE IS RIGHT BY CHECKING HIS GEAR AND RIGGING METHODS AGAINST PROVEN AND ACCEPTED RIGGING STANDARDS.”