In any construction site, no matter what crane is being used, from the smallest loader crane to the largest tower crane, there is a certain amount of danger once a load is off the ground. Safety is a crucial aspect of any crane operation, and riggers are central to that safety, with the crane operator making up a team that oversee every aspect of the crane operation on site.
The rigging team are responsible for all aspects of a lift, from the rigging of the load to ensure it has the required support and stability by organizing the cables and so on. This is where the rigging reference comes from, a throwback to the times of sail boats, but riggers duties do not stop there, they also take part in the monitoring of the process throughout the lift. The other aspect of rigging that is incredibly important for safety is the signalperson. The signalperson relays the load condition, observations of the team and other details to the crane operator themselves throughout the process.
Each of these positions is essential for site safety, the load riggers assess weight, balance, and size of load, setting up the pulleys and cable system to ensure a safe lift, so safety actually begins well before the lift process is even started. During the lift, the signalperson will help control the lift, and is an essential rigger position. With modern construction requiring ever larger and heavier loads to be moved, the rigger team are crucial to keeping the site safe during the lift, aiding and advising the crane operator throughout the process. Safe crane operation really is a team effort, and riggers are crucial to that team success.
Of course, for that team to work effectively and efficiently to maintain safety, training is essential, but the right training is even more important. There are specific OSHA qualification for riggers and signalpersons, and those qualifications can open doors to a new and rewarding career as a rigger or signalperson.
Here at ATS we believe safety on site is one of the most important aspects of the construction industry today, and we are proud to offer OSHA compliant courses for both riggers and signalpersons that go beyond the basic requirements.
Our qualification program for either rigger or signalperson meets OSHA requirements, and features both written and practical instruction and testing over 8 to 12 hours, resulting in each student receiving a qualification compliance card issued by Associated Training Services upon successful completion.
Moving on, our Certification Program for riggers and signalperson exceeds the OSHA qualification standard, and again, includes both written and practical training and testing over a 4-day period. Successful completion brings with it NCCCO Rigging Level One and NCCCO Signal Person Certifications, providing a valuable skillset that employers are actively seeking.