Know your Work Load Limit
Be sure to check and understand your working load limits and rigging equipment before attempting a lift. Not only could your rigging fail, but you might also have exceeded the lifting capacity of your heavy rigging equipment! Consider this a cautionary tale of rigging lifting wrong- examine your crane and rigging equipment before you start lifting. working-load-limits-step-by-step-rigging

As you can see, a crane was brought in to pick a car up out of the water. It didn't have the proper rigging hoist, and fell in. Then, another crane truck had to come to lift both the crane and the car from the water. It would have been interesting to see the series of events that led to bringing in Heerema's Thialf to lift the crane trucks, and the Versabar VB 10,000's Claw to pick up the sunken Thialf.  

Knowing the working load limits of your lifting and rigging equipment will save you from damages and injury. Check out our resourceful information page to learn more about Working Load Limits!  

Click to learn more about the giant cranes you see in the last two pictures, Heerema's Thialf and Versabar's VB-10,000 with Claw. 

*The lifts after the 5th panel are photoshopped. The large marine cranes did not come to save them either, they are added for comedic effect. * 

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