Suspended Load Safety



The success of any industry relies heavily on workplace safety. Maintaining equipment, trained staff and implementing safety procedures is key to preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace. When it comes to suspended loads, safety is of the utmost importance.

In this post, we will be outlining what you need to know about a suspended load and how to safely work with them.

What is a Suspended Load?

A suspended load is a term used to describe any object that is being carried by a crane or other lifting device. Put simply, this refers to anything that is lifted above the ground. The object can be stationary or in motion while it is being carried.

Riggers are responsible for the safe handling of suspended loads. They must take into account the weight of the object, the wind conditions and the strength of the lifting device.

The Dangers of a Suspended Load

The most obvious danger of a suspended load is the risk of it falling. A common characteristic of suspended loads is that they are large and extremely heavy. This means that if it were to fall, it could cause serious, costly and fatal accidents. Other dangers associated with suspended loads include:

  • Electrocution: If the load comes into contact with power lines, it could cause an electric shock.
  • Collapse: The load could collapse if it is not properly secured.
  • Entrapment: Parts of the load could become lodged in machinery or between objects, causing injuries.

Reducing The Risk

There are a few things that riggers can do to reduce the risk of injury when working with suspended loads:

  • Use Appropriate Equipment: Make sure you are using the appropriate lifting device for the weight and size of the load.
  • Inspect Equipment: Regularly inspect all equipment, including hooks, slings and chains.
  • Understand the load: Familiarise yourself with the weight and centre of gravity of the load.
  • Stay Alert: Be aware of your surroundings at all times and keep a safe distance from the load.
  • Be aware of the weather: Take into account the wind speed and direction when lifting a load.
  • Safety Checklist: Ensure that workers follow a standardised checklist to ensure all safety measures are in place

Ensuring Safety and Compliance With Australian Standards

There are various Australian standards and regulations that help to ensure workplace health and safety. In order to be compliant, workers who conduct any sort of rigging activities on the Sunshine Coast, are required to undergo a rigging course. This ensures that workers have the necessary knowledge and skills to confidently and safely work with and move large suspended loads.

HOST Safety and Training is Here to Help

HOST Safety and Training is a registered training organisation that offers rigging courses on the Sunshine Coast. They are experts in workplace health and safety with courses are designed to meet all Australian standards. If you need to ensure compliance in your workplace or want to learn how to safely work with suspended loads, get in touch today.

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