A qualified rigger is a rigger who meets the criteria for a qualified person – per OSHA. Employers must determine whether a person is qualified to perform specific
rigging tasks. Each qualified rigger may have different credentials or experience. A qualified
rigger is a person that:
- possesses a recognized degree, certificate, or
professional standing, or
- has extensive knowledge, training, and experience,
- can successfully demonstrate the ability to solve problems related to rigging loads.
The person designated as the qualified rigger must have the ability to properly rig the load for a particular job. It does not mean that a rigger must be qualified to do every type of rigging job. Each load that requires rigging has unique properties that can range from the simple to the complex.
Rigging Safety Tips
- Check the weather conditions before the lift. If the weather is extreme, postpone the lift until the weather is cooperative.
- Double check that the system of communication you have in place with the operator(s) is effective and functioning properly.
- Check the lift area and load path for obstructions such as buildings, poles, towers, power lines, etc.
- Make sure the receiving area is firm, flat, and free from loose objects that could fly up when the load is delivered.
- Be sure to establish the weight of the load and determine the load’s center of gravity.
- Determine the proper type of hitch based on the type of load.
- Inspect all rigging hardware before you use it. Never use defective hardware. Take defective hardware out of service immediately.
- Remember to protect slings from cuts and tears when lifting items with sharp edges.
- Never make a shackle to shackle connection.
- Always wear a proper PPE such as a hard hat and approved work gloves.
- Be sure that your work boots or work shoes have built in toe protection (steel toe). It is especially important to have this protection when you are receiving a load.
- Whenever possible plan to rig the load so that it will be lifted straight up, which will help prevent the load from swinging.
- Never tie two or more slings together.
- Never attach a sling directly to a lifting lug, always use a shackle. Never run a sling through a set of lifting lugs or eyebolts. Doing so creates too much tension on the lugs or eyebolts.