Rigging equipment is mainly a broad category of equipment used in lifting, hoisting, securing, lashing, towing, and anchoring the loads so that they can be moved from one place to another efficiently and safely. Rigging equipment covers chains, wire ropes, slings, connections, etc. At the same time, lifting is a part of rigging equipment that involves the vertical movement of the loads.
Rigging vs. lifting
The lifting and rigging equipment both go hand in hand for the operation of heavy construction. These both operate together sometimes, but let’s look at the difference between them.
As the name suggests, they both differ in terms of function. Rigging takes care of setting up things, whereas lifting is responsible for the movement of heavy loads.
Rigging comes into play when loading and settling loads are processed so that loads can’t fall or displace. Now, lifting takes care of the movement and loads’ place throughout the site.
Lifting and rigging equipment often requires some tools to perform certain operations. Being aware of their functions and usage could mitigate the risk of any mishappening. Below listed are some of the rigging equipment.
Hook & shackle: Connect chains, ropes, slings, and other equipment.
Wire Rope: used for supporting purpose
Slings: flexible & lightweight tools used for lifting heavyweight with rope
Pulley & block: provide proper support while reducing the force required to lift the load.
Eyebolt is used as an anchor point and loops cables in rigging applications.