The term rigger traditionally referred to someone who set up hoists and pulleys, however, these days the job description is much broader. Rigging encompasses all types of mechanical load shifting, such as transporting, positioning, securing and setting up equipment.
Essentially, a rigger is responsible for the safe movement of plant and equipment on a work site. This equipment can cover a range of static and moving equipment, including steel erections, hoists, safety nets and static lines, perimeter safety screens and shutters, and cantilever crane loading platforms. Placement of precast concrete also involves safe rigging procedures to move the panels into place.
A rigging qualification involves learning about the correct selection of equipment, erecting different structures for other workers to use safely, and how to safely dismantle structures and plant when the work is complete.
In order to do this work safely, riggers need to complete a basic, intermediate or advanced rigging course depending on the kind of work they will be doing.
Plus, you can’t be a rigger without also being a dogger, so getting your dogging ticket is part of training to be a rigger.