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The Knowledge & Skills of a Top Rigger


Going beyond the basics, what truly sets successful riggers apart? 

This guide explores the essential knowledge and skills required to excel in the rigging industry.


Technical Expertise: The Foundation of Rigging


A strong foundation in core rigging principles is essential:

  • Load Weight & Center of Gravity: Riggers must accurately determine a load's weight and center of gravity for safe and efficient lifting.
  • Rigging Equipment Selection: Choosing the right slings, spreader bars, and hardware based on the specific load is crucial.
  • Sling Angles & Securement: Understanding the effects of sling angles and proper load securing methods ensures safety during lifts.
  • Hitch Applications: Selecting and applying the appropriate hitches for various rigging scenarios is essential.
  • Communication Protocols: Clear hand and voice signals, as well as verbal communication, are vital for safe collaboration with other crew members.
  • Rigging Equipment Inspection: Riggers are responsible for inspecting equipment to identify and address any potential safety hazards.


Beyond the Basics: Well-Rounded Rigging Knowledge


Successful riggers possess additional knowledge in these areas

  • Advanced Safety Practices: Staying current on the latest safety protocols and procedures is essential for mitigating risks in diverse rigging situations.
  • Equipment Expertise: Understanding proper use, maintenance, and repair of various tools (hand and power) used in rigging projects is valuable.
  • Blueprint & Drawing Interpretation: The ability to read and interpret technical drawings and diagrams associated with lifting projects ensures accurate execution.
  • Material Properties: Knowledge of the characteristics and applications of different materials, both those being lifted and those used in rigging equipment, is crucial.
  • Mathematical & Geometrical Skills: Basic mathematical and geometrical understanding is beneficial for various calculations encountered in rigging tasks.
  • Engineering Fundamentals: A grasp of how products, tools, and equipment are designed and manufactured can enhance problem-solving abilities.


Experience & Interpersonal Skills: Completing the Picture


Hands-on experience gained through on-the-job training or apprenticeships is vital for riggers. However, successful riggers go beyond by developing these additional skills:

  • Interpersonal Skills (Clients & Colleagues): Effective communication and collaboration with clients, engineers, planners, and other crew members are essential for a smooth workflow.
  • Project Management Skills: The ability to plan and manage logistics, including scheduling, transportation requirements, and financial considerations, is valuable for complex projects.
  • Understanding of Legal & Financial Aspects: Basic knowledge of contract terms and potential legal implications of rigging projects is beneficial