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Welcome to the world under the hook

Welcome to the first Rigging Yearbook, from the publishers of Cranes Today and Hoist. This

The independent guide to rigging, from the publishers of Cranes Today and Hoist
magazine is for the rigging industry. Too often, the tools and techniques that make the job
below the hook, both in construction and material handling, get lost in news of bigger and
flashier cranes. But these highly skilled technicians know that crane safety and efficiency
begins with what happens underneath the hook. Here, we highlight this underrated craft
by bringing together excerpts from Cranes Today and Hoist magazines for the first time.
In this first issue, we review some of the key rigging industry news stories of the year,
highlight some of our favourite rigging jobs, and look back at some of our rigging-related
features. Next year, we want to get our readers more involved: we'd like to hear about the
rigging jobs you've been involved in, or been impressed by, and the rigging issues that you
think are most important.
The year hasn't been without accidents, however. In New York, this March, seven people
died when a tower crane collapsed. The local safety regulator, OSHA, has fined a tower
crane rigger more than $200,000 for not protecting synthetic slings from damage, not
inspecting slings before use, and not discarding a defective sling. Initial reports suggest
that the accident may have been caused after a nylon sling, used to hoist tie-in collars,
broke or was snagged and dropped its load. Cases like this indicate why best practice is so
important when you're preparing to use rigging equipment. The safety features in this
issue give some suggestions on how you can ensure you have the right tools for the job at
On the cover: hand, and make your rigging jobs safer.

Meade Lifting Services uses seven Will Dalrymple Editor

spreaders to lift a Viking boat, p10.

Comment 3 Vanguard’s beer lift 15

News roundup 4 Concrete forms 16
US rigging training 7 Hawaii's surf solution 19
07 15

SC&RA award winners 8 Barcodes on steroids 22

Soft touch 9 High-wire act 25
Meade lifts Vikings 10 A place for everything 26
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News roundup


Rigger of the Year winner announced Chain hoists on Olympic stage
Summit Steel’s Jon Bray won the 2008 Total Production International A total of 500 Stagemaker chain hoists were used during the opening
Award for Rigger of the Year. ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing.
SM10 chain hoists were used to produce the scenic effects by lifting
the lighting and sound equipment in the National Olympic Stadium.
The main challenge was to deliver 400 motors and 15km of chains in six
More than 400 SM10 1004 m1-A hoists supported 200 truss
sections of about 10m in length. Each section was moved by two
motors equipped with 45m chains. Some 140 sections supported
intelligent luminaires and approximately 50 supported a speaker
cluster. Another 100 hoists were used at various places in the
complex and at other Olympic venues.
The contract for the Olympic Games marked a decisive step in the
development of the Stagemaker range in Asia. Crucial to the contract
was the Stagemaker product presentation in The Great Hall of the
People in Tiananmen Square in June 2007, organised by Verlinde dealer
GIAE (Beijing), for Olympic officials and other VIPs from the Chinese
entertainment and theatrical scene.


The awards, “which recognise the production industry’s most Nexans spreader cable debuts in California
innovative and ambitious technical, creative and production Cable manufacturer Nexans' Rheycord Basket Spreader (BS) 44C 12AWG
achievements,” were presented at London’s Grosvenor House in February. cable has been installed for the first time in the USA, in the basket spreader
Bray said: “With the O2 [Greenwich, London, arena] contract, the of a ship-to-shore crane at the SSA Terminals at the Port of Oakland.
last year has found me working on site more than in recent years, The German-made
helping load-in a number of large shows at the venue. I have really cable meets the
enjoyed it, particularly seeing the improvements in our regular team demanding
through training.” requirements of ship-
to-shore cranes, which
need a cable that can
BUSINESS MARCH 2008 continuously wind in
and out of the basket
Green Pin owner buys Excel manufacturer on top of the spreader.
The owner of the Green Pin shackle brand, Dutch firm Van Beest, bought This repetitive action
the manufacturer of the Excel range of chain accessory and hooks, French wears the cable quickly
manufacturer Forges de l’Éminée. and the cable interior
"The Green Pin and Excel products complement each other perfectly, and jacket must be
and together they offer a full range of quality products to anyone flexible enough to bend as needed, yet durable enough to withstand
working in the steel wire rope- and chain business,” Van Beest said. temperature extremes, weight shifts, and the continuous winding and
unwinding. An added difficulty for port applications is that frequent
high winds make the basket sway, putting added stress on the cable.
BUSINESS MARCH 2008 Nexans Rheycord BS is equipped with lead beads inside to give the
cable more weight, increased flexibility, greater resistance to severe
Tulsa Winch Group buys Lantec Winch & Gear weather and the ability to wind into the basket more easily. The 76m
Winch maker Tulsa Winch bought Canadian firm Lantec Winch & Gear. cable was installed on a Hitachi crane with a ZPMC basket handler. The
Serving a global customer base, Lantec, based in Langley, British 40t capacity container crane has a hoist speed with load of 150 fpm
Columbia, manufactures hydraulic winches, hoists and gear reducers, (46m/min), and without load of 360 fpm (110m/min).
serving the oil and gas, infrastructure and marine markets. With the
addition of Lantec, Tulsa Winch Group is now able to offer a greater
range of products to a broader group of customers. BUSINESS JULY 2008
“Lantec offers an ideal fit with Tulsa Winch Group not only in
terms of its product lines and capabilities, but in its commitment to Certex launches offshore service division
total excellence,” said Steve Oden, president of Tulsa Winch Group. Certex International launched a new offshore division that will give its
“We look forward to integrating our products and technologies with customers access to a greater range of products and service solutions.
Lantec’s longstanding reputation for high quality and performance Offshore Services brings together five companies from the Foranka
to provide our customers with the most comprehensive array of International AB group that are well established within the global
products and solutions available in the marketplace.” offshore market, namely Certex Offshore (UK), Certex Norge (Norway),
Jeff Morfitt, Lantec’s General Manager added, “This transaction Peter Harbo (Denmark), Erling Haug (Norway) and Haug Offshore
will combine the larger capacity products and engineered and Services (Norway).
special applications capabilities of Lantec to Tulsa Winch Group’s It is the first notable development since the directors of Certex UK
extensive range of products and market presence. With the sold out to Swedish conglomerate Axel Johnson International, earlier in
combined resources, the company will be able to develop and the year. The three directors bought Certex UK from Bridon
provide even more technical solutions for its customers’ needs.” International in a management buyout in 2005.


News roundup


Derrick Bailes steps down at LEEA Rud launches Grade 12 chain and fittings
Long term Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) chief executive German chain and fittings manufacturer Rud launched a range of Grade
Derrick Bailes is to step down. Geoff Holden has been appointed chief 12 round steel chains for tiedown, which it claims have 60% greater tensile
executive designate. force than Grade 8 chains.
After 30 years service with The range is initially available in 8mm (approx. 1/3 in), 10mm (5/12
the LEEA, current chief in) and 13mm (1/2 in) diameters. According to Rud, the chains can work
executive Derrick Bailes at 100% capacity from -60°C (-140°C) to 200°C (392°F). The lower
(pictured) is stepping down temperature is 20°C (36°F) colder than its Grade 8 and Grade 10.
from the post in December,
but will continue to work for
the association on a part-time JOBS MAY 2008
basis in other roles.
Holden has worked in the JDN supplies puller winch
overhead lifting industry since
1976 and joins the LEEA from
Spanset UK Limited, where he
was sales manager for height
safety products. With an
honours degree in metallurgy,
his professional experience
spans a range of senior
research, sales, and business
management roles, in
companies that include Certex,
Liftex and Bridon Ropes.
Established in 1944, the
LEEA currently represents 273
members, covering over 500 locations worldwide. Based at a training
centre and head office in Huntingdon, the LEEA offers members a wide
range of services. These include practical, ‘hands-on’ training, and a
long-established distance learning course designed to prepare A JD Neuhaus Profi puller winch was used to remove a refurbished machine
students for the association’s industry-recognised diploma qualification. rotor from its protective package as part of routine maintenance work
The LEEA also produces a range of authoritative publications, carried out by the Salt River Project company, responsible for utility services
including the Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Lifting Equipment, for metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, US.
and is closely involved in the preparation of legislation and British, The rotor, weighing several US tons, was lifted clear of a production
European and International Standards. area by an overhead crane once it had been pulled clear of a storage
and transportation crate.
The job of pulling the rotor was handled with a single air-operated
JOBS MARCH 2008 winch from the JDN Profi puller range.
JDN winches can be supplied for lift or pull operations with load
Verlinde kits out French venue capacities from 500-3,000kg, “including fully portable units with
A French venue, which will be used to host cultural and sporting events, has excellent load/weight ratios,” JDN said.
been equipped with Stagemaker chain hoists. Designed for operation at 6 bar air pressure, motor power of up to
The new Zénith in Strasbourg is comprised of a concrete shell and 6kW can be achieved for the larger winches, “ideal for a wide range of
metal arches with asymmetrical ellipses which are coated with an on-site handling operations,” it added.
orange-coloured self-cleaning textile membrane, visible from far off, by
day and night.
FL Structure installed the stage equipment for the whole
auditorium, comprising a grid of 500mm beams, suspended by a series
of electric chain hoists. In all, there are 34 SM5 chain hoists from the LTM expands winch portfolio
Stagemaker range plus 6 CHV motorised trolleys and about 100 CHD Wirral-based UK lifting equipment supplier LTM (Lift Turn Move Ltd.) has
manual travelling trolleys. announced a further addition to its growing product range, the “low cost”
worm geared winch, type GO - CS, handling loads between 100-300kgs.
“The lifting winch is compact, easy to fit and offers noise-free
PRODUCTS MAY 2008 operation,” it said.
Units accept both wire rope and webbing and are ideal for short
R&M launches wind turbine hoist lifting movements, it added.
R&M Materials Handling launched the LoadMate electric chain hoist,
specifically for use in wind turbine applications.
The LoadMate is a “compact, versatile, and cost-effective electric chain PRODUCTS JUNE 2008
hoist,” R&M said, with load capacities from 1/8 to 1 US ton, a lifting height
up to 262ft and a wide range of lifting speeds and power supplies. Pfeifer sells Straightpoint kit
The unit can be installed inside the wind turbine nacelle to assist Straightpoint UK has signed a long-term contract to supply crane scales,
with standard maintenance activities, including change-outs and including the Loadlink, Radiolink and Miniweigher for German wire rope
repairs of generators, high-speed gears and yaw and pitch motors, firm Pfeifer. Pfeifer is also active in selling cable structures, lifting
for example equipment, attachment and lashing equipment and inspection services. RIGGING YEARBOOK 2008 5


Inside the USA’s largest

rigging training centre
Will Dalrymple visits the new national training
centre of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and
Joiners of America, in Las Vegas, which combines a
280-room hotel with a steam turbine,
woodworking shop and conveyor set-up area
The centre's most common courses are instructors, half full-time, half part-time, one of the first programmes to be revised,
in carpentry, and gas and steam turbine take instruction direct from the Las and also one of the first to be updated in
repair for UBC's millwrights division, but Vegas facility. Trainers have to top up 2008. The latest update has enhanced
rigging is also popular—specifically, their knowledge with a day-long coverage of centre of gravity and
training that exceeds the requirements refresher course every four years. rope/sheave size ratios, says Irwin. "Also
of ANSI/ASSE standard A10.42-2000, The union began operating formal we have looked what is going on in the
'Rigging Qualifications and train-the-trainer programmes annually in industry, and when we see that there
Responsibilities in the Construction 1992 in Chicago, and made them seems to be a pattern of accidents, we
Industry'. "Rigging is one of the most quarterly in 1997. Training moved to Las spend more time on that in the manuals,"
popular classes because it is a part of the Vegas in 1999. The first phase of the The union's 800 publications, mainly
business used by all the craft areas building went up two years later, and has coursework material, puts it in the USA's
represented, whether millwrights, been extended twice since. The centre, top 10 technical publishers, Irwin says.
concrete, or carpenters," says Carpenters which employs 40 people, has been In meeting rooms at the Las Vegas
International Training Fund executive running training courses seven days a facility, subject-matter experts work with
director William Irwin. "With any lifting, week since 2005. Having a single point educators and technical writers to
proper rigging is essential. It scares us for training enables the union to provide develop courses. The entire process
some of the things going on out there." all the required materials and to run long takes 18 months.
Almost all the diversified union's classes, says Irwin. The union pays for The centre's next training course
57,000 apprentices (out of a students' air fare, food and lodging, and initiative is to set up a 120ft (36.5m)-high
membership of 540,000 carpenters, part of the manuals' publishing costs. wind turbine for tower rescue training,
cabinetmakers, millwrights, piledrivers, The union's course development work Irwin says. (The centre's proximity to the
lathers, framers, floorlayers, roofers, is also co-ordinated at the training centre. Las Vegas airport prevents it going full
drywallers and lumberjacks) learn their Four years ago, the union launched a height). Following a relaxation of
trade at one of the union's 250 training major project to update all of its Canadian immigration laws to provide
centres spread around North America. curriculum materials. Amongst other labour for the Alberta tar sands industry,
Crane-related courses include rigging things, this aimed to improve continuity the union also recently set up a
and crane set-up. But its 3,000 between course manuals. Rigging was Canadian district.

NYC demands training for riggers Developers and contractors would

need to give the Buildings Department
48 hours’ notice of the safety
New York City has implemented The Mayor’s Office said: “The coordination meeting and all safety
legislation that demands training for legislation will require the general meetings. They also would need to keep
riggers. Crane riggers will need to take a contractor to hold a safety coordination a log of all meetings.
30-hour safety training course, and have meeting with the responsible parties— Also, the Mayor’s Office said: “The
a safety meeting before erecting, the crane engineer, the master or tower crane engineer must submit plans and
jumping or dismantling a crane. The rule rigger, the crane site safety coordinator, specifications to the Department prior to
will also outlaw the use of nylon slings in and the site safety manager—to review the erection, dismantling or jumping of
all but specific circumstances. the rigging to be used and the sequence a tower crane, inspect the crane
Workers who have completed the of operations and procedures that will installation prior to each jump, and
initial training will have to pass an 8- be followed during the installation and certify to the Buildings Department that
hour refresher course every three years. dismantling (including jumping) of the crane is installed in accordance the
In addition, the master or tower rigger- tower cranes. Safety meetings with the approved plans and there are no
who is responsible for crane safety on master or tower rigger, crane site safety hazardous conditions present.”
the job site-must certify to the Buildings coordinator, site safety manager, crane This legislation prohibits the use of
Department that the crew members operator and oiler, jumping crew and nylon slings except where a
partaking in the rigging operations have flagmen/communications personnel manufacturer “specifically states or
completed training specific to that job must also be held before each recommends that nylon slings be used”
site, the Mayor’s Office said. subsequent jump to inspect the and, when the use of nylon slings is
A safety meeting will be required by equipment, verify the training of all permitted, they can only be used if
law before erecting, jumping or workers, and confirm the procedures “softening mechanisms have been
dismantling a crane. and practices that will be followed.” applied to all sharp edges.” RIGGING YEARBOOK 2008 7


The Specialized Carriers & Riggers Association presents three awards for rigging every
year. Rigging jobs are divided by project cost: less than $150,000; $150,000–$750,000;
and more than $750,000.
Rigging Job, less than $150,000: Vanguard Rigging Job, $150,000–$750,000: Barnhart
for diamond mining company De Beers. It was contracted to install
a 16,000t-capacity double frame hydraulic press in Johannesburg,
South Africa.
The two 127t frames were to be offloaded, rigged into a 3.5m
deep pit in a busy working factory, lifted to vertical and assembled
together. One frame would be bolted to the floor of the pit, and the
other would be sliding.
Vanguard used a 400t Riggers Manufacturing EZ Lifter hydraulic
gantry to offload the frames, pick them up and turn them through 90
degrees and shift them sideways without putting them down. With
the first frame in position, the gantry carried it through a 65m long
alleyway, and into the busy press hall. A second, 600t, EZ Lifter was
waiting in the press hall to receive the load. The 7m long frame
needed to be lowered into a 3.5m deep, 7.2m long pit, leaving only
200mm clearance. The frame would then be lifted to the vertical. If the
frame had been tilted over a static point, the base end would have
collided with the wall of the pit. Instead, wheels were fitted to the
fulcrum edge, and the entire 127t frame moved backwards away from BARNHART WAS CHOSEN TO ERECT AN OVERHEAD CRANE IN A
the pit wall, at the same time as it was lifted upright. With the first Nebraska nuclear facility.
frame in place, the process had to be repeated for the second. The crane was 104ft long, and installed 49ft high. The company was
Managing director Bryan Hodgkinson said, “We are very proud at given a space 22ft x 80ft to work in, bounded by shield walls: according
winning this award. When one considers that in order to achieve the to one employee, it was like 'working in a prison cell'. Barnhart worked
award we had to be recognised on a truly international basis it is a with the overhead crane manufacturer to design a solution that would
major milestone in the development of our company, and for the allow for the crane girder to be cut in two, lifted into place, and then
industry in South Africa as a whole.” bolted back together (with 308 hand-torqued bolts). Barnhart built
four Modular Lift Tower (MLT) structures in a horizontal configuration
and placed two sets of four-leg gantries with header beams on top to
receive the two loads, the 25 US ton crane half, and the 40 US ton crane
half with attached trolley. A custom-made hoist hung from the existing
overhead crane hook lifted each half the crane bridge, turned it 90
degrees, and then moved it into position.

Rigging Job, more than $750,000: Barnhart

The 600 US t (544t) precipitators were mounted on 50ft (15m) high
elevated steel platforms, inside the working mill. Barnhart used a custom jack
and slide system to move the precipitators off of their platforms, and on to a
modular lift tower. This worked like an elevator to lower the precipitators to
the ground, where they were carried across the factory floor to their new
location. The system was then reversed, and the modular lift tower used to lift
them up again above the platform, so that the jack and slide system could
position them. Each move was finished a day early.



Soft touch for heavy loads

Peinemann won the
ESTA award for
innovation 2008 for its
hydraulic bundle lifter,
which launched in May.
Will Dalrymple explains
how it works

utch crane rental company
and rigging manufacturer
Peinemann had lots of
experience with replacing
heat exchangers. For 30
years, it has sold hundreds of pullers,
which use hydraulic cylinders and a
special balancing mechanism to swap
out heat exchangers. But once the heat
exchanger is out, it still needs to be lifted
on to a flat bed truck for transport. The Peinemann bundle lifter
Heat exchangers are seriously
awkward loads. First, they are long (up
to 8m (24ft)) and heavy (sometimes
more than 20t). Second, since they are
made of a bundle of pipes welded
together, their exterior cannot bear
their own weight. If a rigger wrapped a
normal chain or wire rope sling around
the exterior, the sling would cut into
the load, bending or crushing the
exterior pipes and metal flanges.
"When something is damaged,
Close-up of bundle lifter remote control
Peinemann always gets the blame," says
Leo Mizelmoe, Peinemann crane
director. "The main reason we of 30t, and can lift bundles with The bundle lifter closes around the load ...
developed this was because the bundles diameters ranging from 300mm-
are not designed in a way that they can 1850mm, and lengths up to 8m.
be hoisted easily–with shackles and a The device looks like a pair of snow ... and holds it steady as
spreader beam above–in a way that shovels turned toward each other. The it is set down
does not damage the tubes, the baffle grab opens each snow shovel and
plates and the tie rods. reaches down underneath the heat
"There are certain API and KEMA exchanger, nestling it on a 3.6m-long
norms for building heat exchangers that steel bed.
were developed 30-40 years ago, and A total of six hydraulic cylinders open
nobody is willing to change these and close the lifter's four arms. At the
norms. I visit engineering companies, top, two cylinders push the grips apart;
and they say, 'If the client doesn't ask for one knuckle-mounted cylinder mounted
it, we will not change it.' The clients say, on each arm extend to squeeze the grips
'It is not our work to do this, the together. The upper clamps work
engineering companies have to do it.' independently from the lower clamps.
There is a possibility that nobody will A two-cylinder Hatz diesel engine
change those norms. powers a Danfoss hydraulic pump, which
"Now, if we use the bundle lifter, there circulates oil at a pressure of 190 bar prevent the unit being used inside. But
is no chance to damage someone else's (2,800 PSI) to operate the cylinders. the firm says that it can customise the
property. This solves the situation from Holding valves prevent a fall in case the lifters or do bespoke design work.
our side – this is something that is in our pump fails. The unit itself weighs 4.5t. The company has made six pieces
hands. Changing the API and KEMA A spokesman said that the unit has and sold three (the price: EUR 82,500
norms, that is not in our hands." not been tested on a bundle of loose (USD 128,000)). The other three remain
The bundle lifter has a lifting capacity steel rods. Also, diesel fumes would in its rental fleet. RIGGING YEARBOOK 2008 9


Meade gives
The team drove the boat from the
docks to the Croppie Acre, near the
Collins Barracks, top right, home of
the National Museum of Ireland. Site
restrictions meant the company had
to do four short lifts to reach the final
destination, the barracks' courtyard.

Vikings a lift

Owner Fergus Meade travelled to

Denmark (by plane) to meet the ship
builders, who insisted on a four-point
lift to spread the 30m-long boat's ten-
tonne load evenly. Meade designed a
seven-spreader lifting bar system with
seven triangles: one 14m, two 3.75m
(spanning the width of the boat), and
four 5m-long bars, using material from
the company's workshop and spreaders
from Modulift. The rigging added
3,500kg of extra weight to the load.

In August 2007, Irish crane rental company Meade Crane Services

lifted a replica Viking longboat into Dublin's National Museum.
The boat had sailed from Roskilde, Denmark over the previous
summer. In May it returned it to the water for the trip back home.

he ship, a replica of an 11th time for the boat to return to Denmark,
century Viking warship, and Meade again won the business to
carried 65 people on its take the crane out. The job was
thousand mile journey to essentially exactly the same, but in
Ireland, via the Orkneys. It reverse order, Fergus Meade says, except
Meade used a
Grove GMK 5130 all
was put on show at the Irish museum for for a few minor changes. First, expecting
terrain to raise the eight months, and has now returned to a new 300-tonner, he had sold the old
boat (stripped of Denmark via the English Channel. When model. But the new crane was delayed.
its mast and it reached Dublin, it had a tricky overland Meade did not have a crane big enough
ballast) out of the
water at Hanover
journey ahead of it. Sean Meade & Sons to do the big lift over the barracks
Quay and set it on a won the contract from the National building in its fleet, so cross-hired a 300t
Nooteboom low Museum for the four-lift and transport capacity Liebherr from McNally Hire. And,
loader parked on job, but gave the lifting work to brother after again waiting until 2am at the rail
the roadside. The
crane had 23.5t of
company Meade Crane Services. We line, the company pushed on to 5am with
ballast and 50.6m follow the lifting sequence step by step. the remaining lifts until the boat was back
of main boom. After eight months on show, it was in the water.



After they loaded

the boat on a trailer
port-side, the Sean
Meade team waited
until 11pm that
night for a police
4 escort to take them
near to the Collins
Barracks. To get
3 there, it would
spend some time in
the Croppie Acre, a
memorial park close
to the museum. The
gate into the
2 Croppie Acre was
not big enough to
let the ship in, so
Meade had to lift
the boat over the
fence, roll the trailer
over temporary
1 tracking to the
middle of the park,
and load it up again.

The boat was towed

a short distance to
Dublin's Luas light
rail line, where they
waited until 2am
when the line
stopped operating.
From the far side of
the tracks, the
company's Terex-
Demag AC 200-1
used a 42m boom
and 69t ballast to
lift the ship over the
line and into the

Showtime was a few

hours later at 7am,
with local media
present to witness
the big lift, when the
boat glided over the
four-storey barracks
building and down
into the courtyard.
Meade's GMK 6300
carried 100t of
counterweight and
23m of main boom
and 45m of luffing
jib to make the lift.

The final lift—not

shown—was a short
hop to move the
ship to the other
side of the
courtyard. Meade
used its Terex-
Demag AC 100. The
crane, which was
small enough to
squeeze through the
courtyard archway,
lifted the ship into
place in a single lift
with 42.2m of main
boom and 25t of
counterweight. RIGGING YEARBOOK 2008 11

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1947 Quincy Court

Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Two cranes and

four slings hold a
spreader, which
cradles a pipe with
a total of 10 slings

Long pipe lifting

A modular spreader bar system has saved a spreaders was left on site until January
when the phase
contractor almost half of the cost of lifting of works finished.
The Modulift lattice system was
equipment to raise long pipe sections. originally designed to handle long roof

sheets, says Modulift director Nick
bout 3,000m (9,840ft) of The original plan was to use Latham. The spreader beam consists of
jointed glass-reinforced excavators, says Tom Walsh, Roadbridge blocks of two 3m-long types: a 138kg
epoxy pipes were to be contracts manager. "As we had a large (304 lb) sling lug section, and a 110kg
lifted into trenches during number of excavators already on site, we (220 lb) standard section. Lifting points
the second phase of the originally planned to utilise about seven on the spreader support the load at
Ballanaboy Gas Terminal in Ireland. to lift the varying lengths of pipe regular, one metre, intervals. A crane lifts
Roadbridge Ltd, the civil engineering sections. We took the decision to replace the 24m spreader arrangement by a two-
and building contractors, were these with the Modulift lattice system leg sling, providing a lifting capacity of
contracted by Shell E & P Ireland to mainly because the lifting frame up to 3t. Spans up to 42m long are hung
construct the civil works element of the provided better support for the pipes from multiple slings.
terminal to receive gas from the Corrib during the lifts, minimising the risk of Metre-long cross beams are available
field, which is located in the Atlantic damage to the pipe as well as providing for lifting wider loads. The Modulift
Ocean 83km off the west coast of Ireland, a safer, more efficient, lifting process. spreader system range comprises 16
for processing prior to entering the “It is also more cost effective. For a systems, which provide lifting capacity
national grid. direct comparison, the cost of hiring for weights up to 3,000t and lengths up Lowering a 56m
Each pipe section came in 10m (32ft) two cranes and the Modulift lattice to 53m. pipe section
lengths and weighed approximately system equates to the cost of using four
400kg (880 lbs). These were joined excavators. The 36m lattice spreader
together on site using a joint lamination rig lifted by one crane is even more
technique, with a maximum of six pipes cost-effective.”
forming one string. This required Approximately 80 pipe sections were
spreader lengths of 24m, 36m and 48m. assembled in total, with no two lifts
Each 10m pipe was supported at two being identical. A 56m string of pipes,
points by nylon web slings to eliminate weighing approximately 2,000kg, was
movement at the joints during lifts. lifted using the 48m lattice spreader and
Roadbridge rented two 24m Modulift the two crane arrangement. These pipes
lattice systems as well as a sling were supported at 12 points using the
assembly to support the rigging of a nylon web slings. Due to the length of
single 36m lattice spreader rig, to lift each string, a lifting plan was designed
varying lengths of pipes. Lifting the and agreed before each lift took place to
pipes were a 90t Tadano Faun ATF 90G-4 ensure every load was level and under
all terrain with 13.5t counterweight and control throughout. The system was
a 50t Grove GMK 3050, both supplied by used three times a week from August to
Walsh Crane Hire. October 2007, and one of the 24m RIGGING YEARBOOK 2008 13


Vanguard holds its beer

South African transport and

installation specialist Vanguard used
a tailor-made gantry system to lift
eight tanks into place at a Tanzanian
brewery. Will North reports

he eight 8t tanks measure 21m “Having set up the system, the tanks
by 5.2m, and needed to be were then brought onto the site one at
installed in two rows of four in a time on low bed trucks, lying on their
a tight industrial site, with only sides. A small mobile crane was used to
50mm clearance in some stabilise the bottom end of the tank
places. Vanguard rigging and installation while the top was attached via a hook
manager,Wynand Boshoff, says,“The to the portal crane system.”
installation of the tanks was challenging: The tank was then lifted
The main issue was the lack of space incrementally to move it into a vertical
surrounding the stands on which the position. Once vertical the system
tanks needed to be positioned. For this rolled on the rails to position the tank
reason traditional cranes were not above its respective base.
considered. We developed a new solution Boshoff notes that in addition to the
for the lift by designing and supplying a space limitations that restricted
portal crane that spanned the foundation movement, it was also a challenge to
with a hook height of 25m.” complete the portal crane assembly in
“This new portal crane system was such a small area.“Moreover, we had to
designed and constructed in deal with some heavy winds, but
Johannesburg, packed into containers overall we relied on our experience,
and shipped to Tanzania,” says Boshoff. skilled staff and project engineers from One of the tanks is
lifted into a vertical
On site, the system took two weeks to our Mombasa (Kenya) and position by the
assemble, and was then lifted onto rails Johannesburg offices, and the job was gantry, with a
on top of the platform using a crane. completed successfully.” tailing mobile crane. RIGGING YEARBOOK 2008 15


The rigging system The Signal-Rite

enables the load to be compensator
picked off-centre system up close

Hoist keeps
forms level
Rigging safety company Signal-Rite has developed a
way to lift out a concrete form when one end has
been covered by cast concrete, reports Will Dalrymple

ignal-Rite has designed, built possible on the form to resist tipping.
and had approved a rigging But the obstruction of the concrete slab
system hung from a above means that the crane hook is not
construction crane for moving located above the centre of gravity of the
concrete forms out from form. If a crane tried to lift the form with
underneath concrete slabs. four slings of the same length, the form
The concrete slab poured on top of would swing, and then hang at an angle. of Japan, to develop a modified kit hoist
the form covers about a third of an 80ft This is where the chain hoist comes in. whose power cable and remote pendant There are four
(24m)-long form, including all of one First front, and then rear, pick points are cable both come out the same side. cables in the
system: two running
end. The slab obstructs access to the hooked up as the form is rolled out of the Signal-Rite chose Harrington because its from the chain sling,
natural lifting points on one end. building. As the crane hook lifts up, the hoists are more forgiving of side pulling and two running
The Signal-Rite rigging system chain hoist hook is lowered by remote than other brands, said president Jeff from the edges of
consists of a 52in (1.3m) spreader bar control, to keep the form horizontal. York. The hoist chain angle ranges from the spreader bar.
and four wire rope slings. Two 7/8in (22 During the process, the hoist can take up vertical (90 degrees) to 65 degrees.
mm) wire rope slings run from the edges to two-thirds of the form's weight. Signal-Rite has sold more than 20
of the spreader bar to each side of the Signal-Rite has built three sizes of systems over the past 18 months and it
form just beside the slab. Beneath the spreader, and specced a different sized has been 'wet stamped' (approved) by
chain hoist, balanced with 150 lb (46kg) Harrington chain hoist for each; a 5 US professional engineer Avery Miller of
of counterweight, two lines attach to the ton hoist with three falls of chain, 10 US Oakland, California. Customers include
form about 20ft (6m) from the first two ton hoist with four falls of chain and 15 Atlas Construction Supply, Penta
points. Two tether lines keep the hoist US ton hoist with six falls of chain. Group, Marnell Corrao, Patton Systems,
from rotating. The company teamed up with Nibbe Brothers, Webcor Builders and
The hooks are spread as widely as Harrington supplier and parent firm, Kito Ceco Concrete.


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Hawaii Crane's
surfboard solution
The cantilever
beam with load,
and guy lines

here was no simple way to
install the 4.5t (10,000 lb)
Facing almost impossible site conditions, Hawaii Crane and
filters, said Kerwin Chong, Rigging designed, built and operated a clever cantilever beam
Hawaii Crane and Rigging
vice president. system to install two filters. The graceful solution tested the
Two bays of a new double-tee roof
had been built above the final operator’s skills to the limit, reports Will Dalrymple.
destination of the filters, and these could
not be opened. Access was limited to a
side opening measuring 20ft (6m) high below, as the bottom of the sump was There was hardly any space beside the
by 12ft (3.5m) wide. The filters channelled and crossed with valves and sump holes to set up a gantry. Obstacles
themselves were 17ft high and 8ft wide outlets, making conventional skating, along the width meant only eight inches
and deep. They needed to be carried 15ft rolling and jacking time-consuming. of free space were available. These
(4.5m) inside the building, and lowered What’s more, the filter was very prone to dimensions made it very difficult to install
into a 16ft sump hole set in the floor. tipping—its centre of gravity was a small hydraulic extending gantry to roll
The roof was not strong enough to located within one inch of the inside of the filter down the length of the sump.
be used to hang the filters from. And its support legs—so rolling would not The filters needed to be placed with a
they could not easily be supported from have been safe. precision of just a quarter of an inch. RIGGING YEARBOOK 2008 19


The beam lifts a filter into the building

The cantilever reaches A job for an expert To move the cantilever in and out, the
into the sump Chong and 35-year veteran crane operator has to simultaneously boom
operator Gary McKeague developed a down, swing, and adjust the two lines.
cantilevered lifting beam held from a "That's four operations that have to
mobile crane. occur in an environment where there is
The beam held the load on one end, only 1" of vertical clearance, holding a
with a 6.4t counterweight on the other. device that has an insured value of $1m
The beam hung from a single crane, but and having the exposure of 20 men in
from both hooks. Winch one controlled close quarters."
the pitch of the beam, and winch two Hawaii Crane cut the railings to fit the
controlled the vertical movements. units, but kept the railings in the second
Chong said that his biggest concern bay for safety. Then the lifting began.
with the design was whether it would be "We first installed the inner reactor in the
too difficult for the operator. After sump and moved it as far down the
coming up with the idea, he spoke with sump as we could manipulate the beam
McKeague, who had never done this in the first bay," Chong says. "Then we
kind of work before, but felt confident temporarily set the unit down, cut loose
that he could pull it off, Chong says. and reached through the inner bay and
The crane and the rigging can move re-attached the unit and manipulated
the end of the beam in three the reactor all the way down the race
dimensions: it can move in and out, side way sump to its final location. The outer
to side and pitch up and down, reactor followed suit."
independently or in unison. Side to side Moving the filters down the sump was
motion was controlled by light tension the most difficult part of the job, Chong
on tag lines held by two men on the says. In addition to McKeague working
ground. To keep the cantilever beam the beam, two riggers on the ground
level, McKeague manipulated the no 1 controlled the side-to-side swing.
and no 2 lines to move the fulcrum point After all the preparation, the two units
forward or backwards. were installed safely. The facility owner
"The operator manipulates the beam was C&C Honolulu; Commercial Electric
Rigging arrangement detail
like a puppet master would manipulate a were the contractors and Brown &
puppet," Chong says. Not that it is easy. Caldwell were consulting engineers.


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Picture courtesy N4 Systems

A close up of the
Field ID Mobile
Inspection Unit. The
display is showcasing
One-Click Inspection
technology and
the B30.9 inspection

Picture courtesy N4 Systems

A field inspection is being conducted on a chain sling
using the Field ID Mobile Inspection Unit. An RFID tag was
placed into a traditional metal tag.

Barcodes on steroids
he construction industry
remains largely unaware of the
RFID tags are claimed to speed up tracking and
potential of RFID technology inspecting rigging gear, reports Roger Lindley
says Michael Gelskey, owner of
sling manufacturer Lift-It and
distributor of web-based RFID “Clients are using RFID systems to track problem has been solved, he adds.
management firm InfoChip. everything from slings, motors, valves, Mondal claims that N4's RFID 7/12 in
"At a recent sling and rigging seminar vehicles, fire extinguishers, harnesses, (15mm) diameter chip, which mounts on
with fifty members of the Associated forklifts, lathes, and even playground metal, is an industry first: "Cost is probably
General Contractors of America, I asked equipment,” Gelskey continues.“There are the biggest problem, since adding an 80-
the group if any of them knew about a variety of chips available for metallic and cent tag to a 10-dollar product could be
RFID. Not a single person replied. Most non-metallic objects, chips that are placed prohibitively expensive."
have the impression that RFID is the new in bolt on plates, encapsulated in bands,
system that large consumer companies etc. The important thing to realise is that The work process
are now using to track inventory and the chip and, specifically, the unique 14- In theory, RFID tags pay for themselves
sales. While this it true, RFID has found a digit chip number, are what make the over the long term. There are up-front
new and different meaning in the sling, association between the chipped item costs in buying the chips, setting up the
rigging, material handling, construction, and the information that is uploaded and computer hardware and software, and
oil and energy generation industries.” stored on the server." training users.
The tags, small circuit boards that Gelskey says, "First the chip is
transmit a radio signal to a handheld 'initialised' and various attributes are
computer reader, were introduced in loaded in via a hand held reader or desk
detail with particular reference to tower top integrator. Many systems, like Lift-It
cranes in Cranes Today, October, pp35–39. and InfoChip, allow the fabricator or user
Users need to make sure they buy the to custom design dropdown menus,
right tags for the right equipment, points which can feature location, inspection
out another supplier, N4 Systems. intervals, inspection criteria, etc. The
RFID scanners detect RFID chips with "Typically, high frequency RFID tags (ISO implementation process is only as good
radio waves. Energy from the scanner 15693) are harder to read if placed on a as the software developers and installers.
antenna powers the chip to respond. metal surface. Off-the-shelf RFID tags that This process has been done many times,
The computer-connected reader
are not tuned for metal have this problem. for many people with many different
processes the chip's signal.
They typically cannot be read," says operating platforms and accounting
Soman Mondal, N4 president. That software systems.”



Gelskey continues,“Once done, the when completing forms. It greatly item from Lift-It and have a
unit is placed into service and the simplifies compliance with safety license to use the system,
mechanic or inspector can inspect the regulations in the compilation of reports they can log on to the
unit via a handheld reader. Inspection, for necessary certification such as ASME web, input the sling serial
maintenance and/or repair activity are B30.9 which requires slings to be number and obtain all
recorded on the handheld, and the inspected at least annually." information, including
record for the asset is updated. The The system is currently available in certificates of test, and
inspection and record keeping process the USA and Asia, and the company is actual stress/strain charts.”
is done with an electronic signature and launching it in Europe in early 2008. Another US and Canada
time stamp. The system administrator Because of concerns about the risk supplier, N4 Systems, posts
can prevent tampering with certain of damage or detachment of RFID tags, rigging gear reports either
attributes, such as changing stock Crosby is now embedding RFID chips to a single computer or to a
numbers or capacities. By storing the into products such as shackles, blocks, web page that it hosts for
records on a computer, users can hoist rings and plate clamps during customers. In April, it
manage, schedule and be alerted to manufacture. The company is also expanded its Field ID
future inspections or operations." working with web information provider inspection system to include
There are two types of RFID tracking InfoChip to launch a service to publish not only slings, but cranes as
system available on the market: those rigging gear inspection reports online. well. When inspectors go on
that live on a single computer, and those Gelskey, who represents US-based site, they normally read the
that live on the Internet. US rigging gear firm InfoChip, argues that web-based crane's serial number, find its
manufacturer Crosby's Quic-Check RFID systems offer better control and record and then carry out the
inspection system lives on a PC. management of information. "If a inspection and make manual
Crosby has developed rugged RFID change is made on a computer based notes. Then they send a copy
discs that attach to rigging gear. These system, the hand held must be synced back to the customer.
discs are part of the company's Quic- with the computer, or visa versa. If N4 Systems installs an RFID
Check system of angle and wear markings multiple parties are involved, the chip on the crane, and the
on shackles, hooks and other gear. individual computers must be inspector's PDA automatically

Picture courtesy N4 Systems

"The system we have today enhances networked to allow consistent registers the crane, so they
data accuracy by eliminating data information to be synchronised. can start to immediately go
inputting errors. Used correctly, the Needless to say, the onerous task of data through the inspection
system can reduce total inspection time management and updating files may criteria. Once they press save,
by as much as 65%," says Mike Wheeler, outweigh the benefits of RFID for the record transmits to the
Crosby Group marketing director. computer-based systems. Web-based web site, where they can
"A priority in developing the Quic- RFID systems allow multiple users to download certificates.
Check system was simplicity. We have have the same ‘real time’ view of the
done this by using familiar tools such as a product attributes. Future possibilities
scanner based on a standard PDA; "RFID software provides access to If RFID tags could be linked into a global
software that sees dropdown options, as inspection and maintenance history positioning system (GPS) network, the One model of
far as possible, thereby minimising through a secure, hosted, online database. combined system could track items from handheld computer
developed for RFID
keying, where errors normally occur When customers purchase a chipped the smallest component to the largest tag reading.
super tanker. One application might be
to ring-fence a construction site so that
critical equipment as well as
attachments such as slings, blocks and
shackles will be automatically logged on
to a site and whose position could be
traced within the site. Unscheduled
movement of an item off the site could
raise an alarm.
Another development will be the
development of software that uses
RFID tags to improve logistics.
Construction material coming into a
site can be tagged and the tag ID used
to locate where on the site the material
has to be stored exactly and where the
crane has to lift it. On space-limited
sites where material is stored on
various levels of high rise structures,
this technology has the potential to
speed up delivery of material to the
point of use.
In projects where steel or concrete
beams, pre-cast components and other
structural elements are dimensioned
for a specific location, RFID tags could help
the project manager, the banksman and
the crane operator to ensure that the right An inspector reads
piece makes it to the right location. a Crosby RFID tag RIGGING YEARBOOK 2008 23

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Kiswire's new South Korea factory Special wire ropes are becoming scarce

High-wire act
Overwhelming demand for cranes is also making scarce their single
most important lifting accessory, wire rope, reports Will Dalrymple

n the past, crane users were mostly market has grown by 30% in the past year. WorldGroup is the world’s
concerned with planning the Neuwirth says he thinks that the largest wire rope producer, and
resources they own. Now, with share of special ropes will continue to has the supply and capability to meet
new crane order delays at least a grow. "Better quality machines, the the demands for special crane rope
year long, crane owners need to latest high performance cranes from orders around the globe,” says Phil
Cross-section of
also slot to production schedules for Western European producers, for Crouse, vice president, US operations, Teufelberger's TK
equipment they do not own. example, need higher quality ropes than WireCo WorldGroup. 16 Evolution wire
Users do not come into contact with 10- or 15-year-old cranes running in Production lead-times at WireCo rope, claimed to
most of the delays in production of Asia, whose technical requirements for WorldGroup have lengthened in the past have the highest
breaking forces of
components and raw materials that have ropes are not that high," he says. "We year, but remain shorter than most of any wire rope in its
slowed down new crane supplies. One can profit from newer machinery, which their competitors, Crouse says. Recent class. The rope has
exception is wire rope, which is sold to creates a trend for high performance surges in demand and tight market for a three-layer design
original equipment manufacturers as well ropes naturally, by, for example, steel rod caused the current lag. However, with its own
compaction and
as the aftermarket. The situation looks set specifying higher breaking loads for WireCo WorldGroup has expanded hours plastification
to get worse before it gets better. ropes. In addition, because of demand, of production and added personnel to technologies.
The European rope brands Diepa of utilisation rates of machines tend to be shorten lead time and build inventory
Germany and Teufelberger of Austria, and higher than in the past. This is one more levels, while making major capital
the Swiss-Korean brand Verope, all report argument to use high performance investments to increase overall capacity.
delays in delivery of their most advanced ropes, which usually have a higher All of the European brands are
high-technology special wire ropes. service life than standard ropes." currently expanding production for next
"There is definitely a shortage in year. Verope's Korean supplier Kiswire is
special wire ropes for crane applications," Coping now doubling its 2007 capacity to
says Pierre Verreet, chief executive officer Neuwirth says that customers are 800t/month, and in 2008 to
of Verope. "I can confirm that European starting to shop for availability. 1,200t/month at its Pusan, South Korea
manufacturers have significant order "Depending on the segment and the plant. Teufelberger is currently
backlog at present," he adds, and type of customer, some of them are expanding one of its Austrian factories.
includes Verope AG in that group. willing to pay a higher price if the rope is August Rich. Dietz & Sohn, which runs
"Our delivery times have expanded to available now," Neuwirth says. the Diepa brand, is increasing production
six months," says Ruediger Braun, Diepa But he adds that rope companies value in a 4,000 sq m factory hall it opened this
sales and marketing manager. "We have loyalty, and reward a close (and profitable) year. Next year, it will start producing a
improved capacity more than 50%, we are relationship. "For big customers, we are huge 100t-capacity single-fall rope for
working seven days a week, still we can't trying to increase our cooperation and offshore use, Braun says.
meet the market's requirements," he says. long term planning. We try to sit with But with onshore and offshore
Gerald Neuwirth, Teufelberger ropes them, and look at their figures and construction industry booming in
marketing manager, says his company numbers for the upcoming year." Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, it is not
has now reached record levels of orders, Braun at Diepa advises customers to clear that these improvements will make
a situation that has increased order in advance; to tell the rope any difference. "The information I have
‘dramatically’ over the past year. supplier their expectations for demand from crane manufacturers, the delay will
Part of the problem may be that users over the next six months. definitely increase," says Braun from
are switching to higher performance One alternative might be to buy Diepa. "I do not see any reduction in the
ropes. Diepa’s Braun says the special rope from the United States. “WireCo next two to three years." RIGGING YEARBOOK 2008 25


Lifting Engineers,,

accredits lifting gear testers and
vendors worldwide. It also
publishes The Code of Practice for
the Safe Use of Lifting Equipment.

A place for everything

Derrick Bailes, chief executive of the Lifting long, and record when it is returned to
store and whether it is serviceable. The
Equipment Engineers Association, explains why, and system must also keep track of when
equipment is due for maintenance and
how, a well-designed rigging store can make lifting its periodic inspection.
At least two levels of inspection are
operations safer, regardless of the size of the business necessary. Many countries have

legislation requiring a periodic
o matter what type of crane than the working load of the item. inspection and a formal record of the
is used, virtually every lifting When this happens, the equipment is result. However, even if this is not the
operation requires certainly being misused; unfortunately, case, it is good practice to do so and it
additional equipment to even the best-trained and most provides useful information for the
connect the load to the conscientious rigger can, and management of the organisation. The
crane. The terminology used around the occasionally will, make such mistakes. periodic inspection is normally done at
world for such equipment varies, but for It is part of what makes us human and six monthly intervals. If this inspection is
the sake of simplicity I shall use the should be recognised as such. In the finding equipment that is already in an
general term of rigging gear. worst case it can lead to immediate unserviceable condition, then there is
One only has to consider the failure. More often, if the equipment is something wrong with the day-to-day
consequences of sudden equipment in good condition, it results in damage in-service inspection regime.
failure to appreciate that the suitability to the equipment, not failure. The Because rigging gear is vulnerable to
and condition of rigging gear are of vital rigging gear might prevent an accident, accidental damage every time it is used,
importance to the overall safety of lifting but the damage, if undetected, can lead it should effectively be inspected every
operations. Not only will the load drop, to premature failure when the rigging time it is used. This is much less onerous
but the recoil could damage the crane. gear is subsequently used. With the than it sounds. A trained rigger should
On a counterbalanced crane, this might proper facilities and procedures in be able to look after the ‘tools of the
result in overturning or collapse, clearly a place, the effects of such errors trade’. Without wishing to understate
situation to be avoided. However, given can be minimised. the importance of inspection, most
the way that some organisations treat The facilities and procedures general purpose rigging gear is not
rigging gear, it is clear that many are still required are relatively simple. complex and can be adequately
failing to recognise the potential Essentially they are storage, control and inspected by someone with a few days
dangers. All too often equipment is inspection. The storage must protect training. With practice, riggers should be
poorly stored, left exposed to the the equipment from the elements and able to run their eyes over the
elements and rarely inspected. accidental damage, prevent equipment as it is being handled.
As well as damage arising from poor unauthorised access and provide a These then are the essential
storage, rigging gear is also generally means of segregating or quarantining components of a rigging storage and
vulnerable to accidental damage in use. unserviceable equipment. control facility. Depending upon the
Errors in the geometry of the rigging, The control must keep track of whom amount of equipment involved, the
sharp edges and dynamic or shock the equipment has been issued to. facility can range from a permanent
loading can all overload or permanently Furthermore, if appropriate, it should building complete with staff to a
damage rigging gear even though the cover who authorised it, where lockable box. The basic principles
weight of the load being lifted is less equipment is to be used and for how remain the same.



Everything in its place back. However, it is then open to

Let us now look at a few typical examples question whether the equipment is still
of how the storage, control and serviceable. Another matter to consider
inspection system may be put into is the handing over of equipment where
practice, starting with an outline of the the job involves shift or crew changes.
ideal facility. The storage should be clean, On returning an item to the stores, the
dry and free from contaminates which user should report any problems with it.
might damage the equipment. Suitable If equipment has been damaged, any
shelving, racks or other storage are cost has already been incurred. To
required. Slings and loose gear such as minimise both the safety risks and
shackles of a size that can be lifted further financial losses, it is essential that
manually are best stored hung on racks or damage is not covered up. For that
in stillages. Heavier items may need to be reason, management should encourage a
palletised or put into special stillages. ‘no blame’ culture. Failure to do so
Heavy items such as lifting beams, crane encourages people to hide problems and
forks and clamps may need support to ‘lose’ equipment, both of which usually
ensure they cannot topple. prove more expensive in the long run.
There should be a designated area Last but not least, the store should
where returned equipment is kept until hold an adequate stock of equipment
it has been inspected. If, due to the allowing for the likelihood of some
nature of the business, it is likely that becoming unserviceable and thereby
equipment will be returned to storage avoiding the temptation to use
dirty or contaminated, a facility will be potentially dangerous equipment. least once a week.
required to clean it and prepare it for The above is very much the ideal, Similarly, many mobile cranes on
storage. The methods used must not of suitable for a large organisation. If general hire duties, or larger loaders
themselves cause problems. Rigging having it permanently staffed is not used for lifting jobs, carry a selection of
gear materials can be susceptible to economically viable, the store should be general purpose rigging gear effectively
chemical attack, corrosion or heat. locked and control handed to someone under the control of the driver. The
There should be an inspection area who will be available as and when quantity may be such that only a
with good lighting, a suitable bench to necessary. All riggers should be capable lockable box is needed, but adequate
work on and a facility to make records of inspecting the equipment they use so control should still be exercised and care
and label equipment. A suitably a viable solution could be to appoint a taken to ensure that the equipment is
trained person should be appointed to rigger. However it is inadvisable to not damaged in storage.
carry out the inspections. Each item appoint more than one per shift. It is all too easy to throw everything
will need an individual ID mark and, if Allowing all the riggers free access to the back into the box at the end of a job -
equipment is obtained without an store is likely to result in chaos. wet, dirty, contaminated and possibly
individual ID, an appropriate facility to A setup along these lines is often ideal damaged. The driver is unlikely to have
stamp or tag it will be needed. A for smaller sites and can even be made seen in detail what the rigger did with the
record of the inspection should be kept portable. Containerised rigging stores equipment, so should have the facility to
giving the ID, a brief description, date are used in the offshore industry and have it cleaned up and inspected. If done
of inspection, the name of the have the advantage that when a periodic by others, the driver should still be
inspector and whether or not it was inspection is due, the entire store can be capable of inspecting the equipment.
found to be serviceable. This can be as returned onshore and exchanged for a The crane rental company should
simple as a single line entry on a paper freshly replenished one. In a marine maintain records of what equipment is
record or, at the other extreme, an environment where corrosion is a major with each crane and ensure it does get
electronic record with the ID given by factor and space limited, the facility to inspected before each job and when the
an RF identifier and scanned. return the equipment to the convenience periodic inspection is due. They should
Unserviceable equipment should be of a well-equipped onshore workshop is also ensure that each crane has an
labelled as such and segregated into a an advantage. adequate stock of rigging gear, partly for
separate quarantine area. A containerised rigging store could the reasons already outlined but also to
Equipment should only be withdrawn be equally suitable for a construction site avoid personnel hiding their favourite
from storage by someone authorised to although the specification would be a items for fear of losing them when made
do so and this may require a formal little different. Containers for offshore available for inspection.
documented procedure. In any event, a use are designed to be transferred at sea The scale of the rigging store may vary
record should be made that the by crane with a special lifting sling. Of according to the nature of the
equipment is logged out, when, and to necessity they must be much more organisation but the principles of proper
whom. This record effectively hands over robust than standard freight containers storage and control are common to all.
control and responsibility to the recipient and there are limitations on weight and The objective is to ensure that the
who should ensure equipment is size. For a construction site a standard equipment is suitable for the application
returned or, if it goes astray, reported freight container is suitable and could be and serviceable. Without proper storage
missing. On a large site it may also be of adequate size to facilitate the periodic and control, any one thing that goes
useful to record how long it has been inspection on site. wrong can represent the last straw and
issued for so that, in the event of it not There are several other scenarios to result in catastrophe. With proper storage
being returned on time, action can be consider. On a construction site, many and control, you have in place a much
taken to recover the equipment. If cranes will have a general purpose sling more robust regime which acknowledges
equipment is not returned to stores after more or less permanently left on the and takes account of the fact that people
a job is completed there is a temptation hook. It should not be forgotten. The don’t always get it exactly right every
for others to use it, particularly if doing riggers should keep a watchful eye on it time. As a result, it stacks the odds firmly
so avoids a lengthy trek to the stores and and it should be inspected properly at in your favour. RIGGING YEARBOOK 2008 27


Colour coded
Airbus Filton uses 10,000 separate items of loose equipment, many of which
leave the site for long periods. Rigging manager Jason Sutton faced a challenge
to make sure all of this equipment can be properly tracked. Will North reports

irbus builds planes across chemical environments. The range of with a year and unit number.
A rigging store and Europe. At Filton, in south equipment used, and the long journeys Airbus Filton's procurement staff are
orange dump bin, west England, it makes much of it went on, made this difficult. trained to recognise lifting equipment
with colour code
chart, at Airbus’s leading and trailing edges Back in 1996, Sutton had been when it appears on an order. When it
Filton plant. for wings, and the wing appointed recently as rigging manager, does, it is flagged up by them and
boxes that fit them to the planes but was stuck at home with a broken marked for quarantine, so it can only be
fuselage, as well as a wide range of other leg. Rather than leaving him with accepted on to the site by the rigging
parts. The wings are lifted and turned as nothing to do, Airbus set him the task of management team, or insurance
they are built, using customised devising a system to track the firms inspectors. When new equipment
spreader beams, vacuum pads, and a rigging equipment. He worked closely comes on site, it is inspected, and a
range of slings and chains. with the plant's insurance inspectors, record of the inspection kept. Inspection
Wing sections are sent to Seville, in Bureau Veritas. logs, manuals, and any other
Spain, for assembly, and working parties The basis of the system is that each documentation, are scanned and stored
from Filton often visit the Spanish plant. item of equipment is tracked, all the way on a secure server, so that the history of
When they do, the rigging equipment from the manufacturer. Airbus only any piece of equipment can be called up
they use can travel with them. Airbus works with suppliers who can provide at the click of a mouse.
wanted to ensure that all loose lifting equipment marked with a part number While this part of Sutton's system
equipment was inspected every six that fits Airbus' in-house tracking system. ensures that the equipment is all
months, or more where it worked in Each piece of equipment carries a tag identified and trackable, it doesn't



provide an easy way for lifting staff to see by Bureau Veritas, including aircraft flown out in a steel cargo box. Old
if the equipment is due for inspection. engine makers Rolls Royce. equipment is sent back to Filton for A dump bin, with its
Sutton realised that a colour coded The plant's working practices and testing. For larger pieces of equipment, space marked on the
plant floor (left) and
system of tags would ensure that items' physical layout support the system. such as pallet trucks, replacements are a tag (right) with
inspection dates could be clearly marked. Around the plant, specially designed sent out by road. Rather than sending part number and
Under his initial scheme, a four stands hold the equipment that staff will the old pieces of large equipment back a colour-coded cable
colour system was used, with a need. Each stand is marked with the piece at a time, it works out cheaper to ties showing next
inspection date.
different coloured tag for each three safe working load for the equipment it buy extra pieces, and send them back
month period. This was simple, and carries. Most of the stands are partnered when there is enough to fill a truck.
made it easy to see when the by bright orange 'non-retrieve' cages. Staff at Filton know that it's a serious
equipment was past its inspection due The cages have a hole in the top, for staff breach of safe working practices to use
date. On a site where equipment never to deposit equipment if it loses its tag, or equipment that isn't tagged, or is past its
travelled out of the system, this would if it is damaged. The equipment inside inspection due date, so the system rarely
work well. However, in Airbus, working cannot be reached from the top, but goes wrong. This year, the plant has not
parties from Filton often travel to only from a locked door at the bottom of found a single piece of 'maverick'
plants across Europe, taking equipment the cage. Only the rigging management equipment, that falls out of the system.
with them. Often, they would be away team and the insurance inspectors have Last year, one piece of kit did manage to
long enough that when they returned a key to this door. enter the system.
their equipment appeared to be The rigging management team and A supplier had sent a pallet load of
carrying the correct tag for safe use, inspectors regularly empty the bins. If goods to the plant. When it arrived, the
when it was in fact a long way past its equipment has just lost a tag, it can be supplier offered the pallet truck the
inspection due date. identified by its part number, and the goods came on, for free. As the truck
A new system needed to be correct tag replaced. If it may have been had entered the system outside of the
developed. Sutton and Bureau Veritas damaged, a proper inspection is carried normal procurement process, it was
developed a 12 colour system instead. out. If it can be reused, a new tag with a able to escape quarantine and
Cable ties were used, with the year the due date six months away, is fitted. inspection. However, it was spotted on
equipment would be due inspection When equipment leaves the site, the the same day by a member of staff,
marked on the tie. A second tag, on the system keeps working. It would be used to the routine of checking every
tie, carries the inspection month, both expensive to send an inspector out to piece of equipment for the correct tag.
in writing, and in a colour code. Under Seville every time equipment needs to The truck was quarantined,
this system, it's impossible for be checked, so instead equipment immediately. The supplier, Sutton says,
equipment to be incorrectly identified returns to base for inspection. As small received a 'stern email', reminding them
as safe to use. This system has now pieces of equipment approach their not to supply equipment outside of
been rolled out to other sites inspected inspection due date, replacements are Filton's tracking system. RIGGING YEARBOOK 2008 29


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