Rigging and signalperson jobs are in demand. You have probably heard those terms, but you may not know what the jobs entail. A rigger is an individual with the proper degree or certificate or someone who has extensive training and experience or knowledge that enables them to successfully demonstrate their ability to resolve issues that pertain to rigging loads. These are individuals who must have the ability to rig the load for a specific job and properly plan the process.
Topics covered by a rigger training course will include OSHA and ASME standards, the proper use of taglines, knots that are used in rigging, hoisting personnel, hand and voice signals, and the safe usage of slings, rigging hardware, wire rope, and chain and lever hoists. It also involves rigging procedures and practices as well as learning the basics of crane operations.
Signalpersons serve as the eyes and ears on the ground for the crane operator. They must properly signal and communicate with the crane operator so they can avoid crane accidents. Crane operators should never try to work without a qualified signalperson on duty working with them. According to OSHA, a crane operator signalperson must complete specific training to be qualified to perform the job.
Here are some responsibilities of a signalperson:
- Demonstrate their knowledge through practical, oral, and written tests
- Know the crane equipment, its limitations and the dynamics involved in boom and crane lifting and movement
- Know the different kinds of signals used at the job site and can use those signals competently
There are certain times that OSHA requires a signalperson to be on the job. Those times include:
- The load or area near or at the load isn’t within the operator’s full view
- When the equipment is moving, and the direction of movement is obstructed
- When the operator or the individual who is handling the load believes a signalperson is needed for safety concerns
Eligibility requirements to become a certified signalperson:
- Minimum of 18 years of age
- Pass drug screening
- Pass the written exam
- Pass a practical test
- Adhere to the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) Code of Ethics
Rigging and signalperson jobs are in great demand. There are websites where openings are listed. There are also different construction organizations that help companies recruit for the two different positions. Specialized training schools, such as ATS, can also help with job placement. To learn more about training programs for rigging and signalperson positions, contact ATS today at (800) 383-7364.