A reader from the USA has sent us an example of what some riggers will get up to when the right equipment is not to hand. We don’t have the full details of where this happened, probably for good reason thought, on a large site two riggers were connecting up what looks like some kind of pile puller and other heavy attachment and having no purpose made a sling, they decided to use a length of old cable in multiple wraps with the ends clamped.
Fortunately they were spotted and before the crane lifted anything the makeshift sling was substituted for something more suitable for the job.
The moral of story is that jobs need proper planning so that the right equipment is on hand. If not people on site will understandably find alternatives which are not always safe.