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9 Common Rigging Problems and How to Prevent Them

Understanding the most common rigging problems (and why they occur) is the first step in learning how to prevent them in your shop.

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Failing to check for simple things like the capacity of a shackle, or the weight of the load, are common mistakes when rigging a load. Preventing mistakes—especially the common ones—is an important step in keeping your employees and facility safe.

What is the Cost of Lifting and Rigging Training?

Depending on who you ask, the price of lifting and rigging training can range anywhere from free to over a thousand dollars per attendee per class.

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One of the questions we're most frequently asked by customers is, "how much does your training cost?" While that answer depends on where you go and what your needs are, we can tell you more about our training program and some factors that affect training costs.

A Brief Rigging Glossary: Basic Industry Terms You Should Know

Getting started in rigging can be difficult, especially if you're unfamiliar with the terminology. Use this glossary as a guide to understanding some of the common terms you might hear.

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Understanding common lifting and rigging terms can be critical to the success of planning and executing an overhead lift. Use this rigging glossary to learn more about some of the basic and common terms you might hear on the job.

Mazzella Offering 30-Minute Live Rigging Tool Box Talk on YouTube Live

Adam Franz, winner of Crane Hot Line’s 2019 Corporate Top Trainer award, will be presenting the tool box talk.

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On Tuesday, April 28th and Friday, May 1st, Mazzella will offer a 30-minute live rigging tool box talk for anyone interested in learning more about the basic principles and best practices of lifting and rigging.

Announcing The Lifting & Rigging Channel for Material Handling Professionals

We officially announce the newly branded The Lifting & Rigging Channel, recap our favorite projects from 2019, and forecast some projects in 2020.

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We're excited to announce The Lifting & Rigging Channel, which will serve as the new home base for all of the educational videos we make for the material handling industry. We made the switch to the Lifting & Rigging Channel because we wanted its name to reflect better its purpose: to provide relevant and helpful lifting and rigging videos to the material handling industry.

Sling Protection Basics: How to Properly Maintain & Store Lifting Slings

When you know how to properly care for your slings, you’ll extend the service life of the product and get a better return on your investment.

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Understanding how to properly care for your slings will help to extend the service life of the product, provide a better return on your investment, and help to avoid an accident or near-miss when performing overhead lifts.

Which Sling Hitch is Best for Your Lift? Vertical vs. Basket vs. Choker

Lifting slings are designed to be used in several types of hitches so that the best configuration can be used for handling and controlling a particular load.

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Lifting slings are designed to be used in several types of hitches so that the best configuration can be used for handling and controlling a particular load. In this article, we compare the vertical hitch, basket hitch, choker hitch, and bridle hitch configurations to help determine the best type of sling and hitch to use for your overhead lift.

How to Calculate the Weight of a Load Before an Overhead Lift

Planning an overhead lift all starts with understanding the weight of the load you plan on lifting and moving.

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Planning an overhead lift all starts with understanding the weight of the load you plan on lifting and moving. Everything else should fall into place if you follow lifting and rigging best practices and put a lift plan together prior to any load being raised into the air.

OSHA Definitions of Competent, Qualified, Designated & Certified Persons

Do you know which of your riggers are competent or qualified? What requirements do you use to make that determination? Could you provide proof that your employees meet those requirements?

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Do you know what the difference is between Certified, Qualified, Competent, and Designated? These terms are frequently used in everyday conversation, but as it relates to the rigging and lifting industry, OSHA and ASME have very specific definitions and implications for each one.

13 Rigging Best Practices for Your Next Overhead Lift [Infographic]

Never gamble with your safety - Download our Lifting & Rigging Best Practices Infographic!

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Don't take risks...be a rigger with a plan. Good crane operation and good rigging practices require having a plan and executing that plan for every lift. Practice good risk management by identifying, addressing, and controlling any risks that may exist prior to, during, or after an overhead lift.

Why Pay for Lifting and Rigging Training When You Can Get it for Free?

Providing the best training for your employees has become a bigger part of developing a culture of safety and creating a safe work place. Can something so important be free?

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The key to a safe working environment has always been training, inspection, and knowledgeable employees. More frequently, we’re seeing customers that are genuinely concerned for the safety and well-being of their employees and are willing to invest in proper training.

How to Get More Out of Your Rigging Training and Lift Training Courses

If your employees think training means nothing more than free donuts and time away from work, then it won’t be effective.

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If you take a step back and look at the big picture, it’s not about the certificate you receive at the end of the training. It’s about the actions you take to ensure you and your co-workers create a safe lifting and rigging environment to work in.

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