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Basic Rigging Questions and Terms Answered and Defined

If you are new to the rigging industry and need to get up to speed fast, this is the video for you. Many terms are second nature to industry veterans, but if you need to become more familiar with the work, this can cause confusion and leave you constantly playing catchup. We’re here to catch you up fast.

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In this video:

0:00 – Intro

0:18 – How to find more in depth answers

0:29 – What is an Overhead Crane?

1:02 – What is a Jib Crane?

1:39 – What is a Gantry Crane?

2:22 – What is a Shackle?

2:54 – What is a Lifting Sling?

3:25 – What is a Turnbuckle?

3:58 – What is a Spreader Bar?

4:44 – What are Chain Grades?

5:27 – What are Eye Bolts?

5:57 – What is Duty Cycle?

7:00 – Learn more from Mazzella

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