Are you good with knots? – How to be a Rigger


Photo Credit (Mark F. Levisay)

Riggers assemble and install rigging gear such as cables, ropes, pulleys and winches to lift, lower, move or position machinery, structural steel and other heavy objects.  There are three different types of riggers – Basic, Intermediate, Advanced.

Riggers mainly work outdoors on construction sites,  in factories, refineries, mines and on ships.  Don’t quote me on this but I’ve heard of experienced riggers earning $2000 a week for a 50 hr week on a heavy industry construction site.  That’s pretty good coin.

Basic Rigger

Duties and Tasks –

  • Movement of plant and equipment
  • Steel Erection
  • Erection of material hoists
  • Installation of static lines and safety nets
  • Erection of mast climbing personnel platforms
  • Installation and maintaining of perimeter safety screens and shutters
  • Installation and maintaining of crane loading bay platforms

Course Prerequisites

You need to have a ‘Licence to Perform High Risk Works’ for Dogging or the equivalent.

Course Outline

Basic Rigging Course runs for two days and including both theory and practical training.

Learning outcomes include

  • Mechanical advantage achieved by using reeving systems and calculations for the friction loading in the systems
  • Tying a variety of knots and hitches
  • Installation of a static line
  • Installation of material hoists
  • Bolt tensioning
  • Structural steel erection

 

Intermediate Rigging

Duties and Tasks –

  • Rigging of cranes, conveyors, dredges and excavators
  • Erection of precast concrete panels and tilt up panels
  • Demolition work
  • Dual crane lifts
  • Erection of material and man hoists

Course Prerequisites

You need to have a ‘Licence to Perform High Risk Works’ for Basic Rigging

Course Outline

Intermediate Rigging Course runs for two days and includes both theory and practical training.

Course outlines include

  • Erection of precast and tilt up concrete panels as outlined in the industry standard
  • Multiple crane lifts
  • Demolition guide lines
  • Man and material hoist component familiarisation and erection sequence
  • Reading a rigging plan
  • Tower crane erection, dismantle and climbing

 

Advanced Rigging

Duties and Tasks –

  • Rigging of gin poles and shear legs
  • Rigging of flying foxes and cable ways
  • Rigging of guyed derricks and guyed structures
  • Erection of suspended scaffolds and fabricated hung scaffolds

Course Prerequisites

You need to have a ‘Licence to Perform High Risk Works’ for Intermediate Rigging or equivalent

Course Outline

Advanced Rigging course runs for two days and includes both theory and practical training.

Learning Outcomes include

  • Dimensional and working load limit requirements of prefabricated scaffolds
  • Suspended scaffold component familiarisation
  • Formulas to maintain suspension rig stability
  • Types of derricks
  • Gin pole construction
  • Becket load formulas
  • Span ropes and flying foxes

Personal Requirements for Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Riggers

  • Enjoy practical outdoor work
  • Physically fit
  • Able to work at heights
  • Goods with your hands
  • Able to work as part of a team

 

Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.

Cheers!

 

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