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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?

What a Successful Rigger Knows

Specific items of knowledge required of a Rigger have been covered in previous articles in this space. To quickly review these, a Rigger must know:

  • How to determine a load's weight
  • How to determine a load's center of gravity 
  • How to select proper sling and rigging hardware
  • The effect of sling angles 
  • The proper methods of safe load securing
  • How to select proper hitches and their applications
  • Standard hand and voice signal communications
  • How to inspect rigging equipment

In addition to these topics, there exists areas of general knowledge that compliment the well-rounded Rigger. Successful Riggers will possess some knowledge in all of the following areas:

  • Enhanced safety practices and procedures that cover all possibly encountered situations ◦ The proper use, maintenance, and repair of hand and power tools (and machines) that may be encountered during rigging projects
  • The ability to read and correctly interpret technical drawings and diagrams associated with lift projects
  • The appreciation and understanding of the characteristics and applications of differing
  • materials, both those lifted as well as those used during the course of lifting
  • Basic knowledge of arithmetic and geometry
  • Basic knowledge in how products, tools, and equipment are designed and manufactured

The importance of specifically related hands-on rigging experience has been covered in previous articles in this space. Rigger specific experience can be gained through on-the-job training and formal apprenticeships. However, successful Riggers must gain additional experience (and retained knowledge) through:

  • interpersonal skills by working with customers and the public
  • interpersonal skills by working with associates such as engineers and planners
  • scheduling and logistics planning such as transportation requirements
  • financial (cost and monetary) aspects of projects via profit and loss events
  • legal aspects of projects through contracts and agreements