The following describes the qualified rigger requirements of subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction, as specified in 29 CFR 1926.1401, 1926.1404, and 1926.1425. These provisions became effective November 8, 2010. – OSHA

When is a qualified rigger required?

Employers must use qualified riggers during hoisting activities for assembly and disassembly work (1926.1404(r)(1)).  Additionally, qualified riggers are required whenever works are within the fall zone and hooking, unhooking, or guiding a load, or doing the initial connection of a load to a component or structure (1926.1425(c)).

Who can be a qualified rigger?

qualified rigger is a rigger who meets the criteria for a qualified person.  Employers must determine whether a person is qualified to perform specific rigging tasks.  Each qualified rigger may have different credential or experience.  A qualified rigger is a person that:

  • 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
  • The person designed as the qualified rigger must have the ability to properly rig the load for a particular job.  It does not mean that a rigger must be qualified to do every type of rigging job.

Each load that requires rigging has unique properties that can range from the simple to the complex.  For example, a rigger may have extensive experience in rigging structural components and other equipment to support specific construction activities.  Such experience may have been gained over many years.  However, this experience does not automatically qualify the rigger to rig unstable, unusually heavy, or eccentric load that may be require a tandem lift, multiple-lifts, or use of custom rigging equipment.  In essence, employers must make sure the person can do the rigging work need for the exact type of load and lifts for a particular job with the equipment and rigging that will be used for that job.

This comes from one in a series of informational fact sheets highlighting OSHA programs, policies or standards.  It does not impose any new compliance requirements.  For a comprehensive list of compliance requirements of OSHA standards or regulations, refer to Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations. 

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