Basic Rigging Safe Lifting Practices

This module has been developed to familiarize and refresh Riggers on the methods and steps to perform lifting and rigging operations in a safe and controlled manner.  The information contained in this module adheres to minimum industry standards:  Safe/Unsafe Practices, Cranes, Types of Slings, Rigging Hardware, Types of Hitches, Load Handling, Operations, etc

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Upon completion of this training module, the student will be familiar with:

  1. Introduction to Safe Lifting Practices
  2. Riggers Responsibilities
  3. Lifting Chain
  4. Synthetic Webbing
  5. Wire Rope
  6. Unsafe Lifting Practices
  7. Crane Inspection
  8. Evaluating a Load’s Weight
  9. Evaluating a Load’s Center of Gravity
  10. Evaluating a Load’s Radius
  11. Single Leg Hitch
  12. Basket Hitch
  13. Choker Hitch
  14. Other Types of Hitches (Bridle Hitches, Double Basket Hitches, Double Wrap Basket/Choker Hitches)
  15. Angular Loading
  16. Padding Your Load
  17. Transporting Mobile Cranes
  18. Outriggers
  19. Hand Signals



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