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Navigating the Impact of COVID-19

The heavy lift and rigging industry has always been an essential part of various construction projects, including transportation, mining, and energy industries. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 has affected the industry like never before. The pandemic has disrupted supply chains, decreased demand, and led to new safety protocols, which has forced companies to adapt to new ways of operating. In this blog post, we will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the heavy lift and rigging industry, and how companies like Global Rigging and Transport have adapted to survive the pandemic.

One of the biggest challenges that companies in the heavy lift and rigging industry faced during the pandemic was the disruption of global supply chains. The lockdowns and travel restrictions have caused delays in receiving essential equipment and materials needed to complete projects. This disruption has led to increased costs and project delays for companies. Additionally, many projects were put on hold due to the uncertain economic situation, leading to a decrease in demand for the services offered by these companies.

To combat these challenges, companies like GRT have adapted by working more locally than pre-pandemic. By working more locally, companies were able to avoid the risks and costs associated with global supply chains. Additionally, working locally meant that companies could be more flexible and responsive to the changing demands of their clients.

Another way companies in the heavy lift and rigging industry have adapted to the pandemic is by implementing new safety protocols. To protect their workers and clients, companies have implemented measures such as social distancing, wearing masks, and regular cleaning of equipment and work areas. These safety protocols have increased the cost of doing business for companies, but they are necessary to prevent the spread of the virus and to maintain the health and safety of workers and clients.

In conclusion, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the heavy lift and rigging industry. However, companies in this industry have learnt to adapt by working more locally than pre-pandemic, implementing new safety protocols, and being more flexible and responsive to the changing demands of their clients. While the pandemic continues to pose challenges for the industry, these adaptations have enabled companies like GRT to continue to provide essential services while prioritizing the health and safety of their workers and clients.

Global Rigging and Transport is committed to providing innovative heavy lift transportation and rigging solutions to our customers worldwide. For more information on any of our services, please contact:

GRT have offices in Virginia (US), Vancouver (Canada), San Antonio (Chile) and Panama City (Panama), enabling our capacity to meet the needs of global clients quickly and efficiently.

Photo by: Mika Baumeister


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