Lifting the Load: Practical Solutions for Rigging on the Worksite
The safety of workers on construction sites is a top priority for every company. One aspect of this safety is ensuring the proper use of rigging equipment. In this post, we'll be diving into the world of rigging and discussing why it's so important, practical solutions for using rigging on a worksite, and real-life examples to help illustrate the information.
What is rigging?
Rigging is the process of using ropes, cables, chains, or other materials to support, move, or secure heavy loads. It's essential for moving and placing large and heavy objects on a worksite, such as steel beams, machinery, and other heavy materials.
Why is rigging important?
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), an average of 13 workers die each year in Canada due to improper rigging. The proper use of rigging equipment can help to prevent these falls and keep workers safe.
Practical solutions for using rigging on a worksite
Conduct a risk assessment: Before starting any rigging work, conduct a risk assessment to identify potential hazards and determine the necessary precautions.
Train workers: Make sure all workers involved in rigging operations are trained and knowledgeable about the equipment they are using, as well as any relevant regulations and standards.
Inspect equipment regularly: Regularly inspect all rigging equipment for damage or signs of wear and tear and replace or repair it as necessary.
Use the right equipment for the job: Select the appropriate rigging equipment for each specific job, taking into account the weight and size of the load and the type of lifting operation.
Follow proper lifting procedures: Ensure workers follow proper lifting procedures and use the equipment as directed by the manufacturer.
Secure the load: Always secure the load properly to prevent it from shifting or falling during transportation.
Follow all regulations: Familiarize yourself with the regulations set by the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in your province and make sure to follow them at all times.
On-Track Safety provides comprehensive rigging training courses that are Canadian-approved and designed to give users the knowledge they need to comply with relevant ANSI, CSA, and ASME standards. Our online rigging programs include three different courses: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Links to the rigging courses
Basic - 2 hours, passing grade 80%, 3 attempts allowed - LINK
Intermediate - 2 hours, passing grade 80%, 3 attempts allowed - LINK
Advanced - 5.5 hours, passing grade 80%, 2 attempts allowed - LINK
These courses are designed to help users develop the knowledge and skills they need to safely and effectively use rigging equipment on the worksite, and ensure a safe and secure working environment for all employees.
Statistics and Data
According to the OHS, between 2011 and 2018, improper rigging accounted for approximately 30% of all workplace fatalities in Canada. This highlights the importance of taking the necessary precautions to prevent falls and keep workers safe.
A construction company in Toronto was fined $100,000 after a worker was injured when a load of steel beams shifted and fell on him while being lifted by a crane. The company was found to be in violation of the OHS regulations regarding the proper use of rigging equipment.
A crane operator in Alberta was fined $70,000 for operating a crane without proper certification. This highlights the importance of ensuring workers are trained and certified to operate rigging equipment.
Rigging is a critical aspect of many worksites and it is important for companies to ensure that their employees are trained and knowledgeable about the proper use of rigging equipment. On-Track Safety provides comprehensive rigging training courses that are Canadian-approved and designed to give users the knowledge they need to comply with relevant standards. Investing in rigging training can help companies ensure the safety and well-being of their employees, reduce the risk of accidents and injuries, and promote a culture of safety on the worksite. So, if you're looking to improve the health and safety of your worksite, consider enrolling in one of On-Track Safety's rigging training courses today. With our online courses, you can get the training you need at a time and place that works for you. Don't wait, take the first step to a safer worksite today!