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Short List. 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 sure it is in good shape
  • checks fittings, clips and other hardware for adequacy
  • keeps track of the distance from any possible overhead hazards, like power lines
  • understands the weather conditions and when to call the job off for unsafe conditions
  • acts as outside eyes and ears for the crane operator

Riggers and signalpersons are essential people on the job site. Their training and qualifications need to be top-notch, and their responsibility to do their job needs to be taken very seriously. Each thing on this short list of what a rigger does is an important thing, one that can make the difference between a good day at work or a trip to the emergency room, or worse. Even if nobody gets hurt, a slipped load means complications for getting the job done by deadline.

ATS Heavy Equipment Operator Training School is one of the best places in the world to get OSHA-compliant rigger/signalperson training. We have over 45 years of experience in training heavy equipment and mobile crane operators and work hard to provide comprehensive safety training for this job, as well.¬†You’ll get expert instruction from the best rigger and signal training instructors in the industry as you prepare for your written and practical certification tests.

This Post Has 3 Comments

    1. Please send to me some practical and written handouts on rigging for both Tower and mobile crane.
      Thanks

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