Signal Persons and Riggers – Why Should They Be Qualified?
As of November 8, 2010, Subpart CC requires that signal persons and riggers on job sites must be qualified to do the tasks required of them. So what does that mean exactly?
To be a qualified signal person, you have to have been evaluated, either by a third party or by an employee’s qualified evaluator, to be competent in the following skills:
Knows and understands the type of signals used at the worksite.
Is competent in using these signals.
Understands the operations and limitations of the equipment, including the crane dynamics involved in swinging, raising, lowering and stopping loads and in boom deflection from hoisting loads.
Knows and understands the relevant signal person qualification requirements specified in subpart CC (1926.1419-1926.1422; 1926.1428).
Passes an oral or written test and a practical test (OSHA Fact Sheet: Signal Person Qualification)
Signal persons must have written proof of their qualifications available on the work-site, per the standards.
Riggers have different requirements. To be a qualified rigger, OSHA requires that he/she:
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. (OSHA Fact Sheet: Qualified Rigger)
No documentation is currently required of riggers, but it never hurts to have it anyway.
So where does Cranes101 come in? How can we help your crew members become qualified? We have both online and instructor-led training options available. Contact us today for a live class or just sign up for a Cranes101Online class instead. The choice is yours.
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