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A Tale of Hooks, Shackles, and Hitches

If you want to be a rigger, you'll have to learn two things: The language and the tools. Heavy Equipment School will teach you both. What Kind of Hooks Do You Need To Learn? First, you need to know that not all hooks are created equal. There's a different kind of hook for different tasks, and HES will show you…

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How To Be The Best Rigger/Signalperson On The Site

Every rigger/signalperson has to be certified. That's a federal regulation from OSHA and most insurance companies have been insisting on it too. It just makes sense that this vital job be one that is held by a person who has been trained and passed the certification meeting the National Comission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). This NCCCO certification…

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5 Ways ATS Trains Crane Operators and Riggers

One of the highest paid categories of heavy equipment operation is the crane operator, and the rigger is an essential partner in the operator's mission. Because this is such an important job on a site, most states and insurance companies will require certifications for both positions. ATS is fully qualified to provide the training and certifications you need to hold…

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What Does A Rigger Do?

When you see a huge crane safely performing a tricky job, one of the people responsible for that job's success is the rigger. Here's a short list of what the rigger does: has been OSHA certified or qualified according to the job needed figures out the weight and center of gravity of the load chooses the proper sling and makes…

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3 Facts About Qualified Riggers

A Qualified Rigger is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to be on the construction site during hoisting activities for assembly and disassembly work, when workers are in the fall zone and hooking, unhooking, or guiding loads. They are the ones doing the first connections of loads to components and structures. Fact Number One: Riggers are essential…

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Rigging And Signals Are Essential Links In Your Safety Chain

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, have a lot of rules and regulations in their arsenal. And you know what? Every single one of those rules and regulations is the result of trying to avoid an ugly thing: death and destruction to workers. Those regulations are like links in a chain - each one is ineffective on its own,…

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