Safety – Tools and Equipment for Rigging & Millwrighting Industry

Safety – Tools and Equipment for Rigging & Millwrighting Industry

Following proper safety protocols day after day never gets old and those professional millwrights who do the right thing, know the advantages to Safety First.  It’s one of the most important lesson to be taught and should never be ignored. Integral to this process are the tools and equipment needed for ensuring the highest levels of safety and security. Here are the ones you will most likely need:

Photo credit: MoDOT Photos

Photo credit: MoDOT Photos

Personal Protective Equipment

Injury prevention starts with protecting one of the most vulnerable parts of the human body – the back. Not only can the back be injured when moving heavy objects, but also when straining against a recalcitrant bolt or when operating a power tool in an unusual position. A properly fitted back brace addresses the most significant portion of this risk, but care should always be taken to limit one’s actions to appropriate levels. In addition, the right helmet, safety glasses, gloves, long sleeve shirts & pants as well as sturdy boots should be required.

Confined Space Gear

No worker is ever thrilled with having to enter a tightly confined space especially if their gear is not really up to the task. To start, the space should be adequately – if not overly – ventilated with the right blowers and fans. Additionally, any powered hoists used to access the space should be rated for 150% or more of the anticipated load. Manhole guard rails and shelters are also de rigueur to keep workers and pedestrians safe from any falls.

Fall Protection

Photo credit: Greg Younger

Photo credit: Greg Younger

There are a host of strategies for protecting workers from falls when they are working in elevated environments. Widespread netting can provide a final safety guard, but it should not supplant the use of individual safety harnesses, horizontal and vertical lifelines, gap protection matting and fall arrest posts. It bears repeating that any rigging gear that is damaged either physically or via excessive should be discarded and replaced with new equipment. In short, all harnesses, retractables, lanyards, D -rings and other fall protection equipment must be inspected on a daily basis.

Kill Switches

Every type of high powered equipment from forklifts and hoists to generators and should have an easily accessible and clearly labeled ‘kill’ switch that even the most inexperienced of workers will recognize and be able to operate. In the unusual event that a major piece of equipment does not have an internal ‘kill’ switch, a remote shutoff – that’s the large red push/pull button – should be installed along the power line.


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Lock Out Tags, Boxes and Locks

From main power lines to the wiring running though a piece of equipment, protection from electrical shock requires superior grounding techniques and the proper subsidiary equipment including the proper warning labels and lock out devices that keep someone from unwittingly injuring a worker. In addition, high-voltage job sites should be equipped with everything from electrical sticks, insulating line hoses, shock protection blankets as well as the right protective clothing and footwear.

Fire Protection

With heavy-duty equipment, fire is an ever present concern. It is essential to have the right types of fire protection gear and extinguishers on hand should an emergency arise. You, your workers and the client will be all the happier for it. In addition, your equipment will suffer a whole lot less. Bear in mind that there are many types of fires so your emergency equipment should include extinguisher that can deal with chemical fires, if appropriate.

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