Rigging Training

Rigging Training

A rigger is a person who has been trained to handle and move loads. OSHA requires that your rigging training is thoroughly documented, you must have records on hand, this is enforced by OSHA. The rigger is required to undergo training related to the equipment being used. The level of competence depends upon the individual’s training, knowledge, skill, experience and ability to perform functions related to the selection, inspection, and proper use of rigging equipment.

Rigging applies to personnel who may be in a craft or trade such as a sign installer, iron worker, electrician, carpenter, millwright, mechanic, laborer, mason, lineman, pipe fitter, boilermaker etc. The trades listed can be referred to as rigger even though they are specialists in another trade.

Regardless of their primary trade, if a load is attached to a hook and rigging equipment is used, he/she must be qualified to do so.

To be OSHA compliant your training program must include rigging theory, practical assessments and records that support what was taught.


The theory encompasses all the types of rigging equipment used, Inspections, load handling, site evaluation, safe working load limits, load dynamics and up-to-date regulations that govern the industry. OperatorNetwork covers all these subjects so you have a robust employer audited rigging training program. OperatorNetwork’s program includes all the required documentation needed for OSHA compliance.


The Rigging Practical is the hands-on assessment, and is tailored to validate that rigger is physically capable of doing the task at hand. The laws of gravity are unquestionably universal, the types of practical training may vary by activity. Thus, the employer reserves the right to modify this portion of the rigging training to accommodate their specific needs. We provide a practical Rigging Training guideline that can be customized for the employer audited practical rigging training.

With a few simple steps, we can help you self-audit your rigging training activities.


The documentation needed for OSHA compliance is pivotal to be OSHA compliant. If an audit takes place, you must be able to produce the rigging training documentation. OperatorNetwork helps you manage and oversee a rigging training program that is easy to use and user friendly.

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Robert Slingsby