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Keeping Your Small Rigging Business Afloat, Federal Rigging Regulations.


Here is a comprehensive guide you can use to help navigate federal rigging regulations for your small rigging business.

Understanding OSHA's Rigging Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has several key regulations that rigging companies must follow:

Fall Protection (29 CFR 1926.500-503)

Rigging Equipment Requirements (29 CFR 1926.251)

Crane and Derrick Standards (29 CFR 1926.1400-1441)

Personal Protective Equipment (29 CFR 1926.95-107)

U.S. Coast Guard Sail Rigging Inspections

For rigging work on inspected vessels, follow the Coast Guard's NVIC 02-16 which provides guidance on: (4)

Other Potential Regulations

Maintaining detailed inspection records, using qualified personnel, and ensuring all rigging work meets OSHA, Coast Guard, and other applicable safety standards is crucial. Consult legal counsel for any specific regulatory questions. (1,4)


  1. "Rigging Equipment and Material Handling Standard - Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements." Federal Register, 28 Aug. 2023, www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/08/28/2023-18409/rigging-equipment-and-material-handling-standard-extension-of-the-office-of-management-and-budgets. 
  2.  "Rigging Equipment for Material Handling (29 CFR 1926.251)." Regulations.gov, www.regulations.gov/document/OSHA-2010-0038-0004. 
  3.  "Keeping Up with Federal Regulations." Rigging.com, www.rigging.com/keeping-up-with-federal-regulations.html. 
  4.  "Standards and Regulations." Mine Safety and Health Administration, www.msha.gov/regulations/standards-and-regulations.