Rigging and Hoisting
Rigging and Hoisting

Rigging and Hoisting

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

Riggers must use approved rigging hardware and know how to apply standards that apply to each situation. They need to be able to select proper hardware, know how to calculate the weight of an object, and determine the center of gravity of the load. This course covers all the fundamentals, including necessary training and qualifications, hand signals, general standards, rigging components, rigging hook-ups, inspection and controls. Edumine and VISTA Training are collaborating on the delivery of online courses for mobile and heavy equipment operation, and safety training in mining.

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  • Audience Level:
  • Technical | New to Mining
  • Enrollment:
  • Not Applicable
  • Course Fee:
  • Not Available
  • Duration:
  • 2 hours

Course Summary

Introduction

A rigger is a person that specializes in the lifting and moving of extremely large or heavy objects. There is no place for shortcuts when performing this important job. Riggers must use approved rigging hardware and know how to apply standards that apply to each situation. They need to be able to select proper hardware, know how to calculate the weight of an object, and determine the center of gravity of the load. This course covers all the fundamentals, including necessary training and qualifications, hand signals, general standards, rigging components, rigging hook-ups, inspection and controls.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1 covers necessary training and qualifications. The following questions are answered as they pertain to training requirements, which may also be governed by your local or regional government's occupational health and safety regulations: Who can perform the rigging of loads for lifting? Who is responsible for your safety? What are the restrictions on persons rigging and lifting loads? What additional training might be needed for rigging complex loads?
  • Lesson 2 covers general requirements. Before trainees can learn how to perform common rigging and hoisting tasks, they must first understand the safety factors that must be considered before rigging and hoisting a load. They also need to be able to assess a load to determine its weight and center of gravity. They are advised on how manufacturers indicate the rated working load of different components of rigging hardware and what the "rated capacity" of a rigging component is. They also learn how the conditions of use affect the rating of rigging hardware and the hand signals to use once the load is in transit.
  • Lesson 3 explains the rigging components. There are many pieces that make up the complete rigging puzzle, and each one is important. As the old saying goes, "A chain is only as strong as the weakest link." This is literally true for all rigging components. This lesson covers each piece in detail, including hooks, shackles, wire rope, synthetic slings, chains and basic accessories.
  • Lesson 4 is all about hooking up loads. Once the load has been assessed and appropriate rigging hardware has been selected, components are assembled into a rigging hook-up or hitch. The types of basic rigging hitches are covered in this lesson. How the hook-up is made is crucial, so this lesson does a great job of explaining and illustrating technical information on sling angles, diameter ratios, sling-eye performance, hook attachments, details about choke hitches and two-part sling hook-ups. In addition, common rigging accessories such as below-the hook devices are introduced in this lesson.
  • Lesson 5 covers rigging inspection and controls. Rigging and hoisting puts materials in precarious situations. If the lift is compromised, the result could be significant property damage, injury or death. Because of this, it's vital to be thorough and maintain constant vigilance when rigging and lifting. Video and graphics are used along with clear guidelines to help trainees identify wire rope, slings, hooks and shackles that must be removed from service.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize rigging concepts, functions and major components.
  • Identify key safety topics related to pre-use inspection of rigging equipment.
  • Identify the steps for safe and productive rigging and lifting.
  • Identify how to determine weight of objects and any reductions in lift capacity.

Recommended Background

  • Although we recommend that you take the following prerequisite courses, this course is suitable for anyone with an interest in equipment operation and safety.
  • Recommended prerequisite courses: Heavy Equipment – Introduction and Safety, and Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection.

VISTA Training

The Silver Series™ of web-based equipment operator training courses was created by VISTA Training of Wisconsin, USA. Each course in the Silver Series™ provides convenient on-demand online access to training on many types of heavy and light equipment. These courses are designed to help trainees become proficient and safe equipment operators, and make it easy for mines, contractors and fleet owners to schedule training when and where it's most convenient for them. They're also ideal for smaller entities that may only need to train a handful of new people per year (e.g. OSHA- or OHSA- or MSHA-related training). Many also use these courses as refresher training for their "experienced" operators. This helps create consistency among the entire team.

These self-study courses focus on how to productively and safely perform common tasks in a mine or around a jobsite. At the end of each course, an integrated test provides an accurate measure of how much knowledge has been retained. Trainees are also able to print a certificate of completion, customized with their name and test score as well as a report showing any incorrectly answered test questions.