The training and exams will provide the evidence necessary for employers to designate their riggers as “qualified”. This is specifically designed for riggers working around mobile cranes, this new, pioneering program has been designed from the ground-up to meet the requirements for qualified riggers per the newly released ASME B30.5 2021 standard.
The more robust definition of ‘qualified rigger’ now requires a written and practical examination. At least one qualified rigger must be onsite everywhere a mobile crane is used. All affected parties using mobile cranes now have one year from the date of publication to fall into compliance with this revision.
The changes to rigger qualifications outlined in ASME B30.5 specify the areas that should be covered in the written and practical examinations. These include:
- Selection and use of applicable hardware
- Applications of standard hitches
- Estimation of load weight, center of gravity, angle, and load movement
- Inspection of equipment
These specifications highlight two fundamental changes to the previous understanding of riggers and their qualifications.
First, the situation in which a rigger must be qualified. Previously, this was defined by OSHA only for the construction industry, either during assembly/disassembly, or whenever workers were in the fall zone carrying out specific tasks. Now, a qualified rigger must be onsite during any rigging activity and regardless of industry.
Secondly, the definition of “qualified”. Previously, this was determined by a “recognized degree, certificate or professional standing”, or by having “extensive knowledge, training [and] experience” for the task at hand. Now, qualified riggers must provide “evidence of satisfactory completion of a written and a practical examination”.
Importantly, it must be noted that the standard applies to all classifications of mobile cranes over 2000lbs, irrespective of industry. This includes everything from boom trucks working on signs or trees, to mechanic’s service trucks making equipment repair. Qualified riggers are not limited to large cranes on construction sites.
The revisions do allow for non-qualified riggers (what the standard refers to as “rigger trainees”). However, these personnel “shall be directly supervised by a qualified rigger”.
Employers may choose to train all riggers to meet the standard of qualification. The option exists, however, to train specialists – qualified riggers – for each job site. This could be any individual with the ability to supervise rigging activities, to include even the crane operator (though this is not recommended practice).
As ever, CICB’s recommendation is that all personnel at every level be thoroughly trained to the highest standard necessary to complete their job safely.
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