Tips for Hiring an Industrial Rigger

 In Blog, Equipment Moving, Workplace Safety

Industrial rigging is an important part of the moving process and one of the most dangerous phases of any large-scale commercial construction project. Professional riggers are often called upon to safely lift and move unusual objects that are heavy, oversized, or situated in a tight spot.Helicopter Hauling a Catch Basin

Using a combination of equipment, riggers frequently relocate items such as:

  • HVAC units
  • Generators
  • Printing presses
  • Semiconductor equipment
  • Mills
  • Conveyors
  • Safes

This job can’t be left to just anyone—an effective rigging team must understand the equipment being used, the full scope of the project, proper safety practices, and the permits and zoning requirements needed to carry out the job.

Not all rigging companies are the same

It is critical to choose a service provider that’s right for you, rather than simply going with the lowest bidder. Despite many obvious similarities, one rigging company can differ greatly from another in terms of machinery, load capacities, manpower, and reputation as well as their range of services and support. When it comes to moving the very infrastructure of your business, it’s vital to consult with a capable and experienced rigging company.

Do they have the equipment and specialists to do the job?

A Storee Construction industrial rigger giving the ok to haulRiggers use complex moving techniques and important safeguards to relocate items with special equipment. This may include cranes, gantries, hoists, forklifts, flatbeds, high-cube trailers, chains, ropes, slings, skates, lifting bars, blocking and steel plates.

It’s also important for the contractor you choose to have the surveyors, estimators, supervisors, engineers and operators to handle the full scope of your needs.

Lastly, the best riggers in the business take advantage of technology to maintain superior performance. A surveyor can create a computer-aided design (CAD) of your project by walking the site in advance and inputting pertinent data. With this technology, a rigging team can find the optimal approach to relocating your equipment and provide you with the best results possible.

Do they have the smarts and experience?

Industrial equipment moving is a highly specialized skill that requires a working knowledge of rigging theory. Before moving a very heavy and/or odd-shaped object, a rigger must determine the weight and center of gravity, as well as the vertical and horizontal force needed to lift and move it. Like a chess game, each move is carefully planned in preparation for the next. Thus, experience and intelligence are the two of the most important tools of a rigger.

Can you trust them to handle your equipment safely?

Rigging is dangerous work. When moving items weighing thousands of pounds, the crew must be very familiar with the safety requirements needed to keep people and surrounding structures safe from falling objects. Only the most qualified and well-insured rigging teams will be able to handle and satisfy all the requirements of state and local municipalities. Storee works diligently to comply with all OSHA standards, obtain the necessary permits, and provide the proper insurance documentation.

Find a rigging contractor who can do it all

Many professional rigging companies not only provide equipment moving services, but millwright services as well. In Storee’s case, we can offer every necessary service involved in a relocation, consolidation or start up, including custom fabrication and any building modifications that may be necessary (and so often are).

This wide range of capabilities and experience enables us to provide the same level of quality and professional service from the initial plan and proposal to the final installation. We can promise an efficient, hassle-free and cost-effective equipment move. And, because Storee has been an industrial facilities contractor for 50 years, you can trust us to leave you with a fully compliant building and an innovative plant layout that maximizes your production potential.

Contact Storee for an equipment moving consultation today. Call 888-736-2032 or email us at