Riggers assemble and install rigging gear such as cables, ropes, pulleys and winches to lift, lower, move or position machinery, structural steel and other heavy objects.
Duties & Tasks
Riggers may perform the following tasks:examine objects to be moved, estimate their size, shape and weight and decide on the type of equipment necessary to move them
erect a temporary jib or derrick (lifting devices) if required, and install cables, pulleys and other tackle
choose or make slinging equipment and attach it to the load
erect cranes and mobile crane booms, and increase the height of tower cranes by bolting component parts in place and rigging cables
splice ropes and cables to make slings and tackle
erect structural steel for buildings or plants under construction
erect precast concrete panels used on facades of buildings
inspect, maintain and repair equipment
make sure that safety requirements are met at all times.
Riggers mainly work outdoors on construction sites, but can also work on ships, in factories and mines, and in the entertainment industry completing tasks such as setting up stages.
enjoy practical outdoor work
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
able to work at heights
good with hands
able to work as part of a team.