What Happens During a Rigging Inspection?

Today’s rigging operations are expected to perform at their best around the clock. With demand surging and business growth reliant on output, only the strongest equipment will do. However, in addition to the strength and capacity required, safety is undoubtedly the chief concern. In order to reduce the number of workplace injuries and deaths that occur on lifting and rigging sites, the Department of Labor, OSHA, and various manufacturers have instituted a host of requirements that every rigging operation needs to abide by.

The only way to ensure your rigging operation is up to code is to have a certified rigging inspector perform a comprehensive checkup. At Paducah, we’re proud to offer on-site rigging inspections on short notice to our customers. We also maintain two test beds at our own facilities capable of tagging and certifying all types of lifting and rigging equipment, including chain and wire rope.

Getting your rigging operation inspected is not only required to satisfy the regulators – it’s vital to ensure the security of your crew. Here’s what you can expect during the inspection.

Examine Every Detail

You can be assured that your rigging inspection will be thorough and complete. We will evaluate every component of your rigging system, including the:

  • Crane. Checks include tire pressure, fluid levels, lift mechanisms, steering, tubing, electrical systems, and more.
  • Tags. It’s extremely important to make sure all tags are properly labeled and in good working condition. Tags that are not properly secured or are out of date should be replaced immediately to keep your rigging up to code.
  • Wire Rope. Various signs of damage include corrosion, kinks, abrasion, tension, core protrusion, and fatigue. Wire rope can wear out not just from overuse, but also from improper storage. A complete rigging inspection will include an assessment of your rigging operation’s storage practices to keep wire rope in top condition when not in use.
  • Slings. The majority of the injuries and fatalities that occur in lifting and rigging operations relate to load securement. Slings are a vital component of any rigging operation and thus need to be inspected daily. Every piece of rigging hardware will need to be inspected for damage and wear.
  • Surrounding areas. A safety check of the entire work area is a key part of any complete inspection. The inspector will make sure the operable area is clear of debris or any hazards such as oil spills or out-of-place equipment. They will also make sure each member of the crew is properly equipped for the job.

Provide Guidance & Solutions

After the inspection is complete, a certified inspector can and should offer expert advice on how to improve. If adjustments need to be made, we will offer repair recommendations, certification options, and the appropriate steps to improve safety and comply with applicable regulations moving forward. We can help organize, file, and track your certifications.

If you are overdue for an inspection or just curious about the condition of your equipment, reach out to the experts at Paducah Rigging to get the final determination you need. We can set up your inspection easily with a quick call, or you can even request an emergency consultation in the event of a breakage or shutdown.

With hundreds of years of combined experience in the rigging industry, the team at Paducah Rigging has deep knowledge of the equipment you need to keep your jobsite safe.

Paducah – Your Complete Rigging Partner

For all things rigging and lifting – from inspections and certifications, to rigging hardware and fittings, to custom fabricated wire rope – turn to the industry leaders at Paducah Rigging. When it comes to meeting the standards, save your time and energy by connecting with a qualified professional at Paducah who knows the equipment landscape thoroughly.

Boasting an experienced team with decades of on-site work, we can help answer your questions and completely outfit your operation. Whatever your rigging needs, we can supply it. Through a commitment to total service and 24/7 on-call support, we will be right there when you need us. Contact us today or explore the rest of our product and service offerings here.

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