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Based on: Based on: OSHA 29 CFR 1910.184: Materials Handling and Storage – Slings OSHA 29 CFR 1910.179: Materials Handling and Storage – Overhead and gantry cranes ASME B30 standards ‘Rigging’ – a book by James Headley of the Crane Institute of AmericaLanguages:
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Crane and Hoist Rigging Safety

  • Training Time:32 minutes

Setting up safe and secure rigging for a crane lift is of the utmost importance; possibly more important than the operation of the crane itself. This course gives an overview of the primary rigging issues that affect crane and hoist safety. Workers will learn about the materials used for rigging and slings, the various sling hitches used, and basic safety precautions. It is based on OSHA General Industry and Construction regulations, as well as recognized best rigging practices. It is also aligned with the 2010 OSHA regulations that require riggers in the construction industry to be qualified.

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Compatible With Any SCORM LMS

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“Our company owns and operates land oil and gas drilling rigs. Our employees move loads around on a regular basis using cranes, forklifts and hoists. We were looking for an additional training tool to re-enforce rigging safety and the Convergence Crane and Hoist Rigging Safety course was perfect for that purpose.”- Tim A. - Houston, TX

wire rope core

Wire rope core

steel chain rigging in fire

Steel chain rigging can withstand high temperatures

double wrap basket hitch

A double-wrap basket hitch

Key Topics Covered in This Course

  • Factors in safe rigging
  • Sling materials (wire rope, chain, metal mesh, synthetic)
  • Types of hitches
  • Load weight and load capacity charts
  • Sling angle, load edge sharpness
  • Load stability and tag lines
  • Inspections and storage
  • Proper clothing and PPE
  • Electrical hazards
  • Qualified riggers (construction)
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What OSHA regulations are related to crane and hoist rigging?
Several. Check OSHA’s Safety and Health Topic page on Crane, Derrick, and Hoist Safety for a list.

What are some of the factors that influence the safety of rigging?
The type of sling, the type of hitch, the sling angle, the load edge sharpness, the load capacity, and the stability of the load.

What materials might a sling be made of?
Common materials include wire rope, chain, metal mesh, and synthetic fibers.

What are some common kinds of hitches?
Vertical, bridle, basket, choker, and "endless slings."

What is a load capacity chart?
A chart that show the load capacities of different types of slings, different hitches, and different sling angles.

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