Whether you are working in construction or fabrication, rigging becomes a daily operation. Employing the right rigging or hoisting equipment is vital to the success of any project. The wrong equipment could result in poor results or accidents – the last thing you want on the job.


Types of Rigging Equipment

Rigging equipment includes all devices used to push, pull, hoist, and lift large objects in heavy industrial facilities. This type of equipment secures and distributes the weight of the object when raising and moving it into place safely. Moving devices depend on the type of rigging the job requires. The following are different kinds of equipment:


Rigging Hooks

Rigging hooks reduce the risk of slippage. Typically, they are steel and come in different designs and sizes for lifting different types of loads.


Pulleys and Blocks

When lifting weighty objects, use pulleys and blocks to reduce the amount of force required for lifting and moving any heavy equipment.



Eyebolts act like anchor points in any rigging configuration. They common use is to loop cables and ropes and come in a wide variety of sizes and materials.


Wire Ropes and Accessories

Wire ropes are often fortified with multiple strands of carbon steel wire or stainless steel wire and can also be coated or galvanized.



Shackles are connecting links between different types of rigging equipment. You are most likely to see them when loads are over 6,000 pounds. However, they can handle loads up to 11,000 pounds. Shackles usually involve a loop of steel that close off with a type of pin, allowing for a secure connection.


Synthetic Lifting Slings

This rigging equipment is made of synthetic material. Slings with wire ropes facilitate moving heavy equipment. There are two types of slings: endless slings and eye-to-eye slings.


Steel Nuts

Steel nuts are used in conjunction with eye bolts. The size used will depend on the weight of the load and its shape. The most frequently used nuts are lifting eye nuts, ball ends, dome nuts, wing nuts, and hex nuts.


At FI•CON, we offer you a wide range of custom construction and fabrication services to meet the most challenging projects. We can design, construct, and customize a project to meet your building and fabrication requirements. We handle all types of rigging equipment and work in various industries, including manufacturing, mills, ports, mining, education, warehousing, health care, retail, and water treatment. To discuss your next project, contact us at ficonusa.com or (386) 792-3060.



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  1. Thank you for explaining to us that the rigging equipment used in construction projects are the devices that are made to push, pull, hoist, and lift large and heavy objects while distributing the weight properly to ensure they are transported safely. I am getting my grandma’s house completely remodeled starting next month, so I need rigging work done for this project as well if I want it to proceed properly. I’ll keep this in mind while I look for rigging services to hire for help soon.

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