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When Hiring a Qualified Rigging Company, Look for These Safety Certifications

Many jobsites pose inherent safety risks, particularly with rigging, where hoisting heavy loads requires careful assembly and disassembly to avoid any accidents or damages. Working with an experienced, qualified rigging company can help to reduce your risk and ensure worksite safety for your team. Companies should look for the following safety certifications and policies, when hiring a qualified rigging company.

Who can be a qualified rigger?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a qualified rigger as a person who “possesses a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or has extensive knowledge, training, and experience, and can successfully demonstrate the ability to solve problems related to rigging loads.”

It’s important to note that while a rigger may be qualified for one type of job, they may not have the experience needed for others. It’s critical to work with a company that has a wide breadth of rigging experience, from lifting structural components to hoisting unstable, heavy loads.

What training and safety certifications should you look for in a qualified rigger?

Well-trained riggers with verified knowledge and skills often maintain two key safety certifications:

  • OSHA 10-hour training: This comprehensive training program promotes workplace health and safety to ensure riggers are knowledgeable about workplace hazards and the specific standards they should adhere to.
  • Certification of Crane Operators (CCO): CCO certification ensures that anyone working with load handling equipment is properly trained. This certification is offered by the National Commission for Certification of Crane Operators. Different certification options are available for Boom Truck Operators, Overhead Crane Operators, and Riggers.

Partner with a qualified rigging company 

At Canton Erectors, jobsite safety is our top priority, and that commitment is reflected in our impeccable record. In 2019 and 2020, we recorded zero workplace safety incidents.  Our riggers and crane operators earn their CCO certifications, as well as their OSHA 10-hour training cards. With a wide variety of rigging experience, we have the skills and training needed to tackle your toughest challenge.

When you need a qualified rigging company, turn to our team at Canton Erectors. Contact us to request a quote.