Industrial Equipment Rigging Services Explained: Basics, Safety, & More

Industrial rigging largely refers to the lifting and moving of heavy-duty manufacturing equipment. While industrial rigging does not necessarily involve transportation, riggers often work alongside industrial transportation teams in relocation and installation projects.

In this post, we’ll discuss industrial rigging in more detail, including what is involved in an industrial rigging project, common safety hazards, and when a professional should be hired. 

What’s Involved in Rigging?

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The realm of industrial rigging is incredibly diverse. Beyond lifting, a rigging project could also include disassembly and reassembly, removals, and installations. Additionally, the types of equipment that are sometimes involved in rigging projects include: 

  • Hydroelectric Dam Generators
  • Delicate Medical Equipment
  • Semiconductor Equipment
  • Commercial HVAC Units
  • Industrial Generators
  • Conveyors Systems
  • Wind Mills
  • Safes

Common Safety Hazards

As in any type of undertaking, mistakes can occur during rigging, making meticulous planning and deliberate execution imperative for project success.

Every rigging project is different, but some of the most common safety hazards include:

  • Contact With Power Lines
  • Shock Loading
  • Inclement Weather
  • Falling Equipment or Debris
  • Slips & Falls
  • Equipment Failure
  • Accidents Involve Cranes, Forklifts, & Other Machinery
  • Electrical Shocks
  • Pinch Points

Successful rigging projects should prioritize employee and equipment safety, and collaborating with a professional rigging contractor can be beneficial.

When Should You Hire a Professional?

You should always hire a professional. Heavy-duty industrial machinery and other equipment is not easily manipulated and maneuvered; heavy-duty equipment is also expensive and can cause injuries if mishandled. Professionals help ensure safety and reduce risk of equipment damage. 

Benefits of Working With a Professional

Beyond ensuring safety, an experienced rigging company may also offer a wide range of services and capabilities, including:

  • Crane Rigging 
  • Industrial Machinery Upgrades
  • Removal of Decommissioned Machinery
  • Industrial Machinery Assembly & Disassembly
  • Industrial Facility Relocation & Reorganization

When searching for the right contractor, be sure to look at their portfolio of past projects. One rigging company can differ significantly from another in terms of resources, services offered, load capacities, quality manpower, reputation, and customer support. 

Before launching any project, you should also collaborate with your contractor about safety protocols to help protect against employee injury and property damage, and to ensure liability compliance.

Work With an Experienced Industrial Rigging Contractor

Are you searching for the right industrial rigging contractor? Schedule a consultation with IICC. We’ve been a leading provider of industrial rigging services in North America for more than six decades and take a Safety-First approach to every project we manage. We’re also one of the largest owned rigging fleets in the United States, offering cranes, forklifts, gantry systems, and aerial lifts.You can view some of our past projects here. If you have questions about our services or capabilities, or want to set up a consultation with one of our team members, please fill out our online form today.