A team of riggers design and install the lifting or rolling equipment needed to raise, roll, slide or lift objects such as with a crane or block and tackle. Rigging is the equipment such as wire rope, turnbuckles, clevis, jacks used with cranes and other lifting equipment in material handling and structure relocation. Rigging equipment is diverse and is specialized for the load being moved and the environment needed to move the object. Some examples include wire rope slings, webbing slings, chain slings, metal mesh slings, spread beams, and various rigging hardware. Lifting plan is a set of plans which is created for use in any crane lifting operations and it consists of all the important information that must be considered in a lifting operation thus ensuring that the lifting operation is carried out safely.
A generic risk assessment and Lift Plan may be used for Routine Lifts. However, classifying a lifting operation as 'routine' does not automatically. make it a 'safe' lifting operation – most incidents associated with lifting occur. during routine operations.
Chains, wire ropes, slings, connections, fittings, end attachments, and other equipment are examples of rigging equipment. Lifting hardware, on the other hand, is a subset of rigging hardware that is designed for the vertical movement of loads.
Riggers should avoid pinch points with their hands, fingers, and feet. When lifting, keep an eye out for stacked material to avoid knocking it over with a swinging load. During lifting, use a designated spotter to ensure proper clearances are maintained. Before lifting a load, look for overhead power lines.