Remember all of that math your teachers used to make you do when you were in high school? Beyond telling time, calculating change, and mastering the adult task of paying bills, you were sure you would never use math again. You went into construction or electrical works and did not look back.
There is just one problem with that; you use a lot of math in your job all the time! Stranger (and possibly more irritating) still, you have to use a lot of math when you work in rigging and harness equipment. As you begin a new, refresher, or advanced rigger safety training course, here is a sneak peek at all of the math you will have to know and use.
This is where it helps to know exactly what you weigh. Your weight determines what kind of rigging you use and what type of harness you wear with the given job at hand. If you do not make the calculations and make them correctly, the harness and/or the rigging could fail, causing serious injuries.
Basic Math Applications
Basic math is necessary for multiple applications in your line of work. During the training, you will be asked to work through several basic math problems to prove that you are capable of doing the math and that you are able to apply the results to everyday situations. If you cannot do basic math, you are in the wrong career, and it will show! Thankfully, most people have no problem with this part of the training and pass with flying colors.
Interpreting charts are an important part of using rigging. You have to read a load chart to see how much weight can be lifted into the air over "x" amount of distance. These charts give you all the information you need; you are only expected to show that you can read the charts and interpret the information correctly.
Understanding Sling Angles and Effects
Going beyond basic math in training is bound to happen. When you are faced with sling angles and predicting the effects of the sling angles, that falls right in the middle of geometry territory. You will be assessing the degrees with which angles in the slings and rigging effect mobility in specific directions. Do you know if a sixty-degree sling angle will cause you to tilt too far to one direction and limit your mobility in the opposite direction? If you are not sure, you should probably brush up on geometry.
For more information, contact a company like American Crane and Safety.