Rigging Inspection and Safety Evaluations

 

Stage rigging inspections

Today's rigging systems are designed with a safety factor of 8:1 or more and often manufactured by companies with decades of experience. This is good news for customers who almost always enjoy many years of trouble free operation. The downside is that often safety inspections are overlooked or are one of the first items cut from the budget. 
 
We are often asked what OSHA and other regulatory agencies require for safety inspections. We have often referenced OSHA 29 CFR, 1926.550, (a), (6) which was a broader document covering cranes and derricks. It read, "A thorough, annual inspection of the hoisting machinery shall be made by a competent person, or by a government or private agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. The employer shall maintain a record of the dates and results of inspections for each hoisting machine and piece of equipment."
 
OSHA's standards have changed and interpretations are the responsibility of each venue; however the maximum interval between inspections remains at 12 months. We encourage you to review the latest standard at www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9830. Scroll down to 1910.179(j)(1)((ii) for information on inspection intervals.
 
 Regardless on interpretation of applicability of OSHA's document or other state regulations, we believe that not conducting inspections at least annually puts people at risk. It is simply not possible to tell if a system is safe based on noise and floor level observation. Customers agree that the real purpose of an inspection is to identify potentially dangerous component wear--not to check off a legal requirement. Our inspections are centered around that fact.
 
Peter Albrecht rigging inspections provide a practical and cost-effective review of every significant component of the rigging system. Our experience as designer, manufacturer and installer of motorized hoist systems makes us a great choice for this work. Let us help:
  • Find and fix or replace worn cable, sheaves and other rigging components.
  • Identify improper terminations and equipment application.
  • Check controls and limit switches for proper operation.
  • Identify solutions to meet changes in use.
  • Train operators.
  • Document inspection results and plan next steps.
Contact us for current rigging inspection rates and availability either through our web site or by calling (800) 878-6630. We look forward to working with you!