How to become a Dogger

Doggers attach slings to cranes and direct the movement of loads handled by cranes in locations such as manufacturing plants, construction and mining sites, and the maritime industry.

Personal requirements for a Dogger

  • Enjoy practical and outdoor work
  • Safety-conscious
  • Good hearing and vision
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to judge distances
  • Able to work at heights
  • At least 18 years of age.

Duties & Tasks of a Dogger

Doggers may perform the following tasks:

  • Check loads to be moved, estimating size, shape, weight and centre of gravity, and ensure loads do not exceed lifting capacities of cranes
  • Attach lifting devices to hoisting equipment and items to be moved, using clamps, hooks, bolts and knots
  • Choose and use slings and other grappling devices, covering sharp corners with padding to prevent damage to slings
  • Use hand signals, whistles or two-way radios when the load is not visible to crane or winch operators
  • Guide loads into position as they are lowered
  • Inspect chains, slings, ropes, cables, hooks and lifting gear for flaws and damage such as cracks, wear, mildew and corrosion, and report defects.

Working conditions for a Dogger

Doggers work both in and out of view of crane drivers. They have to be continually alert for people or objects that may come in the path of the load.

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