Three Dangerous Trends in the Machinery Moving and Rigging Industry

In today’s world manufacturing has gone global. It is no longer the quaint marketplace that it was even twenty years ago, where everyone knew everyone else. Manufacturers used to be able to name all of the other manufacturers in their marketplace and where each was located. Now, products are being manufactured in the farthest reaches of the globe. Supply Chains extend from one end of the earth to the other. A single finished good may be composed of raw products and sub assemblies from over fifty countries. 

Let’s face it, the global supply chain is here to stay. Especially vulnerable to these new trends are those in the rigging and machinery moving industries. Each machine is increasingly more complex, and far more difficult to handle and repair than in previous times. Many times the machines come with an instruction book that rivals the Oxford English Dictionary! Manufacturers who need their equipment moved and installed are in a more precarious situation than they have ever been. In order to control the risks that can be taken and manage projects successfully, here are a few tips that will help in sourcing a Rigger or Machinery Mover for your next project.

1)      Make sure you are dealing with someone who knows what they are doing. The machinery industry had been plagued with companies closing shop every day. Once large and prominent millwright and rigging companies have simply closed their doors and sold off their equipment, instead of passing on the company to future generations. This has left a vacuum of expertise. Those who know how to handle your machinery and equipment properly are few and far between.   Check with others in your industry, and ask about the reputation of who you want to work with on your equipment. 

2)      Do some research on the people the company hires. Frankly, each company is only as strong as its weakest link. If a machinery moving company hires and maintains personnel that are not constantly learning about new techniques and new types of equipment on the market; they will most likely handle your equipment and machinery, how they believe it should be handled. But not necessarily the way it should be handled. Qualify the contractor you work with. How often do they train their people? What types of things are their personnel learning? Have they been exposed to this type of equipment before? A little research will keep you from having to deal with a costly mistake in the future.

3)      Insurance, Insurance, Insurance! Is the company you are going to hire covered by appropriate insurance coverage? This is important. Your machinery is the lifeblood of your manufacturing business, taking unnecessary risks with it, may be catastrophic. A few things to look at: first of all, make sure they have general liability coverage in excess of 1 million (5 million is the accepted norm). This covers damage to people and property (with the exception of your machinery). Second, make sure they have some sort of Riggers and Movers coverage. This covers your machinery, per piece, up to a pre-determined limit. 

Do not accept anything under 1 million per piece. Reputable companies carry at least 1 million per piece of equipment being moved. Last of all, make sure that they have adequate cargo coverage if the company is hauling your equipment. The coverage should be for the total value of the equipment that you are having hauled. If the coverage is short, and something happens, you will only be covered for the coverage amount. Regardless of the cost of your machine.