Rigging (material handling)
Rigging is both a noun, the equipment, and verb, the action of designing and installing the equipment, in the preparation to move objects. A team of riggers design and install the lifting or rolling equipment needed to raise, roll, slide or lift objects such as with a crane or block and tackle.
Rigging comes from rig, to set up or prepare. Rigging is the equipment such as wire rope, turnbuckles, clevis, jacks used with cranes and other lifting equipment in material handling and structure relocation. Rigging systems commonly include shackles, master links and slings. Also, lifting bags in under water lifting.
In the United States the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates workplace safety including rigging in CFR 1926.251.
- A Humvee is rigged for being dropped from a plane at the Heavy Drop Rigging Facility near Pope Field on Fort Bragg, N.C., June 7, 2012 120607-A-FC254-001
- The rigging is the two frameworks, spreaders, cables and related fittings used by the crane to pick up this submarine.
- An advanced rigging challenge assembling a wind turbine.
- An adjustable spreader bar with webbing slings. Attribution: © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 3.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)
- 3.5 minute video on some basic cable rigging safety
- OSHA 1926.251 Rigging equipment for material handling