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Rigging (9)

  1. A Good Rigger's Skill Set
  2. A Rigger's Values
  3. Becoming a Rigger
  4. Qualifications & Licensing
  5. Rigging Associations
  6. Salary Profile of a Rigger
  7. What a Rigger Does
  8. What a Successful Rigger Knows
  9. What is a Rigger?

Tips & Advice (7)

  1. House Movers Depend on Heavy Load Moving Equipment
  2. Keeping Up with Federal Regulations
  3. Keeping Your Small Rigging Business Afloat - Part 1
  4. Keeping Your Small Rigging Business Afloat - Part 2
  5. Specialized Insurance
  6. Successfully Completing a Rigger Job Application
  7. Tips for Choosing a Rigger

Trends (4)

  1. Becoming an API Qualified Rigger
  2. Helicopter Rigging & Lifts
  3. Market Opportunity? Bakken Formation
  4. Understanding Rigging Design Factors

Safety (10)

  1. Critical Lift
  2. Estimating the Capacity of Chains & Hooks
  3. Evaluating Your Load's Weight
  4. Lifting People Safely
  5. Non-Critical Lift
  6. Rigging in the Aftermath of a Natural Disaster
  7. The Dangers of Shock Forces
  8. The Problem of Moving a Load with 4 Skates
  9. Who Sets the Standards for Safety?
  10. Why Does a Rigger Need Insurance?

How it Works(13)

  1. Center of Gravity
  2. Chain Slings
  3. Gravity & Rigging
  4. Hand Signals
  5. How It Works: Mobile Cranes
  6. How It Works: Stationary Cranes
  7. Lift Planning
  8. Nylon for Slings
  9. Rotational Resistant Wire Rope
  10. Spreader Bars
  11. Synthetic Rope
  12. Understanding Hydraulic Cylinders Part 1 - Single & Double Acting
  13. Which Sling is Right for the Job?

Qualifications & Licensing

Qualified for the Job?

RiggersA rigger needs to have technical skills in order to move heavy loads safely and efficiently. Riggers must be able to calculate weight distribution, understand structural considerations for the load itself, as well as for the floor and surroundings, to think on their feet (as every job has its own difficulty), and may need to be able to read architectural and engineering drawings, depending on the job. Riggers also must be trained to use the proper tools & load moving equipment to do the job right.

Many riggers will learn from on-the-job training, an apprenticeship, CTE program or other technical training.

How does someone become a Rigger?

There are a lot of different ways in which someone can learn to become a rigger. Riggers usually learn their skills through informal on-the-job training or through unions and companies which offer formal apprenticeships. Riggers can also learn through technical courses or building trade classes.

There are some riggers who work in the field with little education or little experience. They begin their careers in the construction industry or an industrial field which involves moving heavy objects and then start their own rigging business.

How does someone become a Rigger?

There is no formal licensing or certification for a rigger who works on smaller and less complicated heavy load moving projects. However, riggers who work with large machines such as cranes or forklifts, or who work in a dangerous field, often need licensing and certification.

For example: a crane operator requires training and certification in order to operate a crane, a truck driver will require a commercial license, and so on.

There are many places which may train, set standards, and/or issue certifications for these special tools used for rigging. Some of these are listed on the right.