Qualified Rigger and Signalperson
This three day course is designed for personnel who are required to be Qualified Riggers/Signalpersons. A Qualified Rigger must be used for any hoisting activity for crane assembly and disassembly work and anytime workers are within the fall zone and hooking, unhooking, guiding a load, or completing the initial connection of a load to a component or structure. A Qualified Signalperson is required when the crane operator does not have a full view of the point of operation, the operator's view is obstructed in the direction the equipment is moving, the operator or the person handling the load feels a signalperson is needed, or anytime there are site-specific safety concerns. This course can also benefit supervisory personnel who oversee crane operations and lifts. Topics include: hazard recognition, evaluation, and control; construction exposures and applications; detailed review of OSHA, ASME, and ANSI regulations and requirements; proper rigging principles and techniques; knots; tagline use; working load limits, mathematical calculations, and sling angles and load angle factors; sling selection and usage; wire rope and chain design; rigging inspection, pre- and post-use inspection, proper rigging hardware inspection, and hook inspection and use; conditions and causes for removal; wedge sockets; types of hitches and hitch strengths; rigging component identification and sling identification; rigging guide and chart interpretation and manufacturer's recommendations; crane characteristics and dynamics; signal person requirements; working near power lines; and hand signals and voice communication. Training includes active participation with hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Prerequisites: OSHA #500 Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for Construction, OSHA #501 Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry, or ATP 191 Safety & Health Authorized Trainer. This course satisfies the requirements of OSHA, ANSI, and USACE 385-1-1.
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