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What is Rigging Equipment? – A Definitive Guide

The role of a rigger is to ensure that the mechanical device to lift heavy loads is safe and secure. Rigging is a technical trade that requires care, precision and patience. Coupled with knowledge and experience, a rigger relies on quality rigging equipment to successfully create a mechanical apparatus to lift heavy loads with the aid of a crane, hoist or other lifting device. It is important to invest in quality rigging lifting equipment so that the work can be completed perfectly, safely, on time and with no complications.

Rigging is a task that needs to comply with Australian Standards, local regulations and occupational health and safety standards. Riggers are engaged on construction and industrial sites to construct the apparatus and check that it will perform effectively during operation. At Keble’s Trading we stock a wide range of rigging equipment and components that can be used for various rigging purposes. All equipment we stock complies with applicable Australian Standards.

To help you understand more about rigging equipment, the use cases and why choosing appropriate rigging equipment is important, we have developed this guide. If you have any further questions about rigging or rigging equipment, feel free to call us to have a confidential discussion so that we can point you in the right direction.

1. What does a rigger do?

A rigger plays a very important role on construction and industrial sites. The role of a rigger is to estimate the size and weight of objects to be moved and to choose the right equipment to ensure that the task can be completed in a safe, secure and effective manner. A rigger is required to install and operate cables, ropes, pulleys, winches and other lifting devices to secure the load, allow it to be lifted by the crane or hoist and moved to another location without breaking apart, dismantling or causing damage to the lifting device. As part of their role, riggers are also required to inspect, maintain and repair rigging equipment to ensure that it functions perfectly when in use.

2. Why do riggers need rigging equipment?

A rigger requires rigging equipment to successfully lift and roll loads from one destination to another. It is common on construction and industrial sites to move large and complex loads from various places at different heights and in tight and confined spaces. Special types of components are needed which have been manufactured and crafted to not twist, buckle distort, or collapse when strained by lifting heavy loads. The components we stock are purposely designed and suitably rated for specific rigging applications to ensure that the component operates safety in the harsh environment it is used in.

3. How to select rigging equipment/components?

Selecting the right rigging equipment is crucial. Otherwise, the rigger will not be able to secure and move the load effectively. We stock a wide range of rigging equipment for different purposes. We stock chain, wire rope, wire rope grips, slings, block and tackle, lever blocks, hoists, hooks, shorteners, top rings, links, turnbuckles, rigging screws, eye bolts eye nuts, d shackles, bow shackles safety shackles thimble eyes and other rigging equipment/components so that you can create an apparatus that is tailored to your needs and requirements. We would be more than happy to talk to you about your specific requirements so that we can guide you on the most appropriate components to achieve your outcomes.

4. How to maintain rigging equipment?

Riggers need to inspect, maintain and repair rigging equipment so that it functions effectively. This equipment is used in harsh environments and operations where there can be stress and strain on the parts. Lifting heavy loads can cause twisting, jolts, compressions and other tensions that can damage rigging parts and or components. It is crucial that riggers have an inspection manual and schedule so that equipment, assemblies, parts and components can be inspected on a periodic basis and repaired and replaced if worn or damaged. Failure to do this can lead to incidents on worksites.

At Keble’s Trading, we stock a wide range of rated rigging equipment. We are a rigging equipment supplier serving Melbourne and wider Australia with quality rigging components and devices that have been selected to meet the needs of our customers. If you are interested in a long-term relationship with us, we can appoint a single point of contact for all your needs. Enquire today by calling 1800 067 687 or visiting one of our four showrooms today.

Rigging Equipment FAQs

Question: What does rigging components include?

Answer: Rigging components are the individual parts or assemblies that help riggers customise a device to complete their tasks. These components include rigging screws, eye bolts and nuts, turnbuckles, shackles, chain, wire rope, wire rope grips, chain, thimbles, hooks, top rings, links, and many more.

Question: What does rigging equipment include?

Answer: Rigging equipment assist in moving heavy loads from one place to another on a construction or industrial site safely. These devices can include chain blocks, winches, lever blocks, cranes, mechanical hoists, block and tackle, trolleys, lifting slings, pulleys, sheave blocks and many more.

Question: What is the purpose of rigging?

Answer: The purpose of rigging is to move heavy loads from one place to another on a construction or industrial site. Rigging can also involve the process to secure a load or structure with ropes, cable, chains and other mechanical devices and fittings so that they can be lifted and moved safely or safety restrained and anchored.

Question: What is basic rigging and slinging?

Answer: Rigging and slinging is the process of using ropes, chains and other mechanical devices to secure a load and move it to another destination. This is completed by slinging the load and lifting it with a crane, hoist or other lifting device.

Question: How much does rigging equipment cost?

Answer: The cost of rigging equipment depends on the components you need, the type of parts, the application of the component or device and the quantity of parts acquired and the load involved. It is important to choose the right rigging equipment so that you can safely and securely perform your tasks.

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