If you are writing a Pre-Task Plan for a rigging operation, one of your hazards should certainly be unqualified persons performing rigging.
So how do you avoid this hazard? Who can be a qualified rigger?
Employers must determine whether a person is qualified to perform specific rigging tasks. Each qualified rigger may have different credentials or experience.
A qualified rigger is a person that:
- Possesses a recognized degree, certificate or professional standing
- Has extensive knowledge, training, and experience
- Can successfully demonstrate the ability to solve problems related to rigging loads.
Does a certified operator also meet the requirements of a qualified rigger?
- A certified operator does not necessarily meet the requirements of a qualified rigger, but he may depending on the operator’s knowledge and experience with rigging.