High-quality rigging equipment is crucial to the safe and efficient running of a wide number of processes throughout a construction project. With a number of options for different applications, the type of rigging equipment you choose will depend on the requirements of your project. Some core pieces of rigging equipment include snatch blocks, slings, shackles and wire rope. There are also a number of wire rope accessories that can be useful including spelter sockets, wedge socket attachments, wirelock resin socket kits and wire rope grips.
When it comes to moving heavy items as part of a construction project, having the right rigging equipment available is essential. There will typically be very specific equipment requirements for each individual rigging operation. Discussing your requirements with an experienced winch and rigging hire company can be a useful step in ensuring that you have the right tools and equipment for the job and allowing winching and rigging operations to be carried out efficiently and cost-effectively. Our industry experience at Atlas Winch & Hoist Services means that we are well-placed to assist with the delivery of a wide range of winch equipment and services.
Read more for some further information on the different types of rigging equipment used for a range of different projects.
There is a wide range of rigging hooks available to fit the various lifting requirements of different construction projects. One way in which hooks can differ is in the way they are attached to the sling with some of the main options being eye hooks, swivel hooks, clevis hooks and shank lifting hooks. For many heavy-duty lifting operations, rigging shackles are sometimes chosen over hooks for a number of reasons. However, there are many jobs where a lifting hook of the right specification can provide the right tool for the job.
A rigging shackle is attached to a sling by removing and reinserting a pin. It is important that a durable, high-quality material is used in a shackle as this is a key component of a successful lifting operation. Popular materials for strong shackles include stainless steel and alloy steel. With any piece of rigging equipment, options will differ depending on factors such as weight requirements, sling angle and the sling which is used. At Atlas Winch Hire & Hoist Services our stock of Screw Pin, Safety Bow and Dee Shackles are suitable for a wide range of construction projects with options available for lifting requirements from 0.5 tonnes to 1000 tonnes.
Snatch blocks have a number of different applications for heavy lifting usage. By attaching a snatch block to a secure point this can help increase the weight that can be pulled by a winch. A snatch block is used to change the direction in which a winch will pull an item making more efficient use of the tools available. Considering the amount of force that will be transferred through a snatch block it is important that the materials are properly rated for the job and that it is secured in a location that can withstand that force.
Wire rope is used in a rigging system to lift heavy loads safely. Manufactured by braiding steel wires together to create a strong and durable rigging component. Wire ropes are frequently used in slings and winch cable is often manufactured using similarly durable materials. Wire ropes are also often attached to the item which is being lifted as a component of a high-quality lifting apparatus. For wire rope, there is a wide range of options for different strength and diameter requirements.
There is a range of accessories that can be used alongside wire rope depending on the requirements of a lifting job. Wire rope grips can be fitted to wire rope to help keep it in place. One application of this is when a loop is required on the end of a wire rope. Another useful accessory is a wedge socket attachment. Once attached to a wire rope this can be used to connect different items to the rope with one of the key benefits being the ease of installation of wedge sockets on wire ropes.
The specification and design of a lifting sling will vary considerably depending on the weight and dimensions of the item which is being lifted. There is also a range of different materials that are used in lifting slings. Some common options include chain slings, wire rope slings and synthetic web slings. The main considerations when choosing a lifting sling are the lifting and rigging equipment it will be used alongside and the compatibility with the item that is being lifted.
For different materials, there is a range of different designs that can be utilised depending on the item that is required to be lifted. In some instances, it may be necessary to have a range of different slings available for different lifting operations throughout a project. Chain slings provide benefits from a standpoint of versatility. Synthetic web slings can provide a good option for items where the dimensions and weight distribution present challenges. Wire ropes also provide significant versatility and can be manufactured to a wide range of different dimensions depending on the weight requirements.
With the right rigging equipment, a cable pulling winch is a versatile piece of equipment with a wide range of different lifting and winching applications in construction projects. Items such as snatch blocks, shackles and wire rope accessories can be used with rigging equipment tailored to the lifting requirements of a given project.
The advantages and disadvantages of purchasing or hiring rigging equipment will depend on the requirements of a project. For many projects, where specialist equipment is required, hiring this equipment can lead to savings. In instances where the same specification equipment is required for the majority of a construction company’s projects, it can make sense to purchase the equipment as a longer-term investment. One option is to purchase the core pieces of equipment that are regularly required in lifting operations on projects and then hire the equipment more closely tailored to the needs of the individual project.
Individual projects within different sectors will have widely varying requirements for rigging equipment. It may also be necessary to have a number of different sets of rigging equipment to lift different items throughout a project. For example, it will typically be necessary to have a range of different slings to match the weight and dimensions of different items throughout a project. There may also be requirements relating to challenges posed from a lifting standpoint on a given construction site.
Once you have chosen the right equipment for your project it is important that it is set up and operated by individuals who have received full training on the relevant equipment. In addition to ensuring that lifts are carried out safely and compliantly with the relevant regulations this also helps ensure that a project can be completed efficiently. By choosing high-quality equipment from reputable suppliers and manufacturers you can ensure that health and safety standards are adhered to throughout a project.
With sites in South Lanarkshire and Essex Atlas Winch & Hoist Services has a wide range of winching and rigging equipment available for purchase or hire. As an experienced supplier of lifting and rigging equipment, we can help ensure that you have the right rigging equipment for lifting aspects of your next project to run smoothly and cost-effectively with products from reputable manufacturers such as Gunnebo, William Hackett, Van Beest and Crosby. Our experts can also help if you require winch operators, engineers and technicians. Whether you are looking to hire high-quality rigging equipment or purchase a reliable second-hand sling, our experienced team can help ensure that you have the tools you require for the job. Our product range includes winches, mooring equipment, rigging equipment, load monitoring equipment, spoolers and hoists. For more information on how we can help with your next project, get in touch by calling 01899 221 577 for our site in Biggar, 01371 859 555 for our Essex site or emailing