June 7, 2022 | Becky Marambio

Watch Out for the Riggers!


The last interaction at many morning meetings is, “Who do we watch out for?” Response: “Watch out for the riggers!”

Does this riggers response sound like a company with a strong safety culture? Definitely not! Hopefully this is not the type of comment said at your company.

Riggers are responsible for attaching loads, controlling the movement of heavy equipment, and ensuring the rigging is safe for use.

In this day of worker shortages, hiring people without the needed training is commonplace. The issue is letting those with lack of knowledge be responsible for tasks that can put other lives in danger. It is vital a rigger understands weight loads, attachments for specific loads, etc. If not, disaster and damage can strike instantly.

Given the riggers context — and in our current environment — it seems inevitable that if not an incident occurring, most definitely a near-miss happens.

Let’s look at some hazards of rigging:

  • Falls;
  • Crush-type injuries;
  • Being electrocuted;
  • Being hit by equipment;
  • Other hazards are posed in the form of loads that are swinging, managing heavy equipment, pinch points, tripping and slippery surfaces, and holding on to lines that present a danger.

Help yourself by learning TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis, plus learn from near-misses (and hopefully not an incident with personal injury or material damage). Learn to use TapRooT® proactively and stop those incidents before they occur. If not, watch out!

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