Become a Rigger: Your Career Map

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BECOME A RIGGER.

BECOME A RIGGER: YOUR CAREER MAP

                                    

BECOME A RIGGER: TRAINING & EDUCATION                                                                               

 

 

So you want to become a rigger?

A rigger’s main responsibility is to lift, lower, hoist and pull objects using machinery and lifting equipment like synthetic, chain and wire rope slings, hoists and cranes.

They are responsible to make and determine the best configurations and equipment to lift a load, be knowledgeable about safety & operating procedures and know how to fabricate, repair, inspect, install and service rigging and lifting equipment – lifting equipment can range from synthetic slings, wire rope, lifting magnets or cranes and aerial lifting trucks. 

Certain industries, or niche industries (particularly those that require you to use and operate heavy machinery and equipment like cranes and lifting trucks) will require a specific certification to operate them. 

A rigger can provide these services: 

  •  Inspections, on-site or in-shop
  •  Load tests 
  •  Crane repair, sales, inspection and installation
  •  Training
  • Sales and services 

BECOME A RIGGER: TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS                                                                

 

 

Many industries that use riggers or rig technician’s don’t require formal training, but do require and/or provide on-the-job learning, training courses and certifications.

However, it may be beneficial to complete a college or technical diploma, which can improve your chances of getting a job or apprenticeship.  

At Hercules SLR, our riggers have a combination of LEEA certifications and on-the-job training from our certified trainers and inspectors.  

Some of these include:

  • Lifting Certifications from LEEA
  • Training Courses 
  • College Diploma 

You also have the option to become a rig technician, which is a Red Seal Trade in Canada. According to the NSAA, a rig technician: 

  • Operates drawworks, rotary equipment and pumps 
  • Inspects rigs 
  • Maintains records of drilling operations
  • Oversees rig mobilization and demobilization 

You don’t need formal education to become a red seal technician, but must complete 9,000 apprentice hours to qualify to complete the rig technician red seal exam. A rig technician is responsible for the above duties, but also operating tools, wearing and ensuring the proper PPE is used and must operate lifting and hoisting equipment. 

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Cranes, chains & cargo – a glimpse at common items and equipment found in rigging industry 

BECOME A RIGGER: ESSENTIAL SKILLS                                                                                              

 

                                                                                                 You might wonder—”This sounds nice, but what should I be good at to be a rigger?” A career as a rigger may be right for you if you’re:  

  • Mechanically inclined;
  • Comfortable with math and physics; 
  • Interested in a balance of both physical and administrative work, comfortable using technology;
  • A strong, effective communicator;  
  • An eye for detail and quick decision-making; 
  • Comfortable in harsh climate conditions, rigging often involves working in the extreme heat or       cold.  

BECOME A RIGGER: INDUSTRIES YOU COULD WORK IN                                                           

 

 

  • Entertainment (set and stunt rigging) & Theatre (stage rigging) 
  • Maritime, marine & fishing – sailboat rigging included 
  • Airline 
  • Construction  
  • Offshore Drilling/Oil and Gas 
  • Mining 
  • Manufacturing
  • Forestry
  • Transportation
  • Utilities 
  • Shipping/Receiving and Material Handling 

BECOME A RIGGER: LIKE THE SOUND OF THESE JOB TITLES?                                                   

 

 

If you become a rigger, you could have one of these job titles: 

  • Slinger
  • Parachute Rigger
  • Sailboat/Ship Rigger
  • Gantry Rigger
  • Machinery Mover
  • Hook Tender
  • Wire Rigger
  • Yacht Rigger
  • Grip
  • Crane Rigger
  • Acrobatic Rigger
  • Theatrical Rigger

BLOGS                                                                                                                                                             

 
 
 
 
Interested to learn more about rigging, becoming a rig technician and rigging and lifting equipment? Check out our blogs below:
 

HERCULES TRAINING ACADEMY

TRAINING COURSES

References: https://www.nscc.ca/Learning_Programs/Programs/PlanDescr.aspx?prg=MIRG&pln=MARINDRIG, https://nsapprenticeship.ca/trades#accordion58, https://www.myplan.com/careers/riggers/description-49-9096.00.html, http://www.red-seal.ca/trades/rigtech/2012n.4.1_.4v.2rv.3.2w-eng.htmlhttps://www.jobhero.com/how-to-become-rigger/, https://www.myplan.com/careers/riggers/description-49-9096.00.html
 

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.

Welcome to Ontario: brampton riggers talk chain hoist safety

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CHAIN HOISTS

Chain hoists (sometimes referred to as chain falls or their older term, ‘chain blocks’) are popular piece of equipment to lift heavy loads. A chain hoist is durable and allows heavy loads to be lifted with ease since they require much less strength on the part of the rigger. However, this means they’re more likely to be abused since they typically make a lift much easier, but are not suited for every application.

Rigger Colin Grieg of Brampton, Ontario shared what to look for when inspecting your chain hoist and tips for use.

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  • Clean the load chain with a solvent, then add slack to the chain and make a link-by-link inspection for nicks, gouges, twisted links and excessive wear or stretch;
  • That the load chain anchor pin is in good condition;
  • That the top and bottom hook safety catches are operating correctly;
  • Check hooks for cracks, damage, distortion and excessive throat opening – a damaged hook often means it was misused and should be removed from service;
  • Hooks swivel freely;
  • Check name plate and see that SWL, ID number and colour code (if used) are clearly visible.

After installation and mounting, check:

  • That load chain sits correctly in the pocket wheel. To do this, run the unloaded hook up and down a reasonable distance – the chain should run free of snags or binds;
  • The hoist is rigged to lift in a straight line from hook to hook;
  • The hoist is free to swivel on the upper hook;
  • For damage on the handwheel and gear covers.

CHAIN HOISTS: hand chain

Although hand chains are not load bearing, make sure:

  • The chain is free of twists and damage to links;
  • The chain is smooth to touch and ‘joint’ links sit firmly in the chain wheel’s pocket;
  • The chain wheel turns freely with no signs of a bent spindle, buckled wheel or damaged ‘chain pockets’;
  • Make sure operation in ‘hoist’ mode produces a ‘hard’ sound – this is the sound of a ratchet running under a spring-loaded pawl.

CHAIN HOISTS: safety first

  • If the chain’s twisted, don’t use the hoist;
  • Don’t use the load chain as part of a sling configuration;
  • Chain hoists can only be used at its maximum capacity to lift a load vertically – if you must lift a load at an angle, the hoist’s capacity is greatly reduced;
  • Don’t operate a chain hoist beyond the capacity specified – you will cause the bottom hook to run beyond it’s range of lift, and possibly add too much weight to the load-chain slack-end anchorage;
  • Don’t lift a load beyond it’s specified SWL (safe-working load);
  • Don’t let dirt, grease or other harmful debris/chemicals to collect in the load’s profile or hand-chain wheels;
  • Don’t use your load chain if it jumps, is not ‘smooth’ or has marks – this means it’s likely ‘out of pitch’ and should be replaced and removed from service;
  • You should not need extra force/strength to operate your chain hoist – if using extra strength, stop the lift immediately and find the cause. (An easy tip? If it takes more than one man – something’s wrong!)

CHAIN HOISTS: post-mount & pre-use 

After you mount your chain hoist but before you actually use it, you should inspect the following:

  • The chain hoist shouldn’t be allowed to lay against a support, since this can cause the hook or frame to bend and damage the unit;
  • Make sure the hoist can swivel through 360° on the top hook;
  • Make sure the ‘member’ the hoist hangs from is sat all the way in the middle of the chain hoist’s saddle.

CHAIN HOIST: crane hooks

When you suspend a chain hoist from a crane hook, stay safe with these tips:

  • The chain hoist’s SWL will be reduced by 15% – this allows dynamic loading;
  • A safety link with a SWL of 5 times the load weight should be fit between the crane hook and load shackle;
  • Before you hoist with a crane, conduct a short lift test with both to make sure the hoist brake is locked.

CHAIN HOIST: storage 

To store your chain hoist:

  1. Raise bottom hook
  2. Wrap load chain
  3. Wrap hand chain
  4. Secure ends

When storing your chain hoist, be sure to: 

  • Lubricate chain hoist with oil or grease – be careful, as misapplied lubricant may enter the brake disc and cause it to fail under the load;
  • Make sure you have a dedicated spot to store your chain hoist – this place should be dry and free from injurious pollution and extremes of temperature;
  • Chain hoists should be suspended by their top hooks, and the hand chain should be clear of the ground – this will prevent damage to the chains;
  • Don’t use strong solvents on your chain hoist – ensure wet or dirty chain hoists are clean before storing.

CHAIN HOIST HOW-TO: light load brake lock-out test

  1. Suspend chain hoist from a suitable lifting point, and apply a load test of 5% chain hoist SWL to the load hook;
  2. Stay clear of the load – raise test load 70 to 100mm from the ground;
  3. Enter restraint pin through lack side of load chain;
  4.  Operate the chain hoist and lower the direction until the restraint pin gives a lock against the heavy pull of the chain hoist;
  5. Remove the restraint pin and make sure the brake engages right away, which will stop the load from dropping;
  6. If the load drops – don’t use the chain hoist. Remove them from service, and have them repaired.   

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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.

Happy New Year from Hercules SLR

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Happy New Year from Hercules SLR!

We want to thank our hard-working team, partners, clients and customers for a wonderful 2018 – we can’t wait to move forward in 2019 with our team and exciting new projects.

We were pretty busy in 2018—we’ve done some eventful things, like:

Thank you again for helping us have a great 2018 – we wish you safe celebrations and a healthy, prosperous and happy new year.

Here’s to a wonderful 2018 and an even better 2019! 


Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.

Rigging Services: 3 securing tips to lift you anywhere

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Rigging Services

So you’ve got a difficult load to move – whether it’s due to an awkward shape, uneven weight or hard to determine lift points, Hercules SLR rigging services will lift you where you need to be.

We don’t just sell slings at Hercules SLR – we provide inspections, repairs, training and expert advice to keep your projects safe and efficient.

In addition to calculating the load’s weight, there are a few other tips to planning, rigging and executing a successful lift – read on for tips from our expert riggers to secure your hard-to-manage load and accomplish your next lift with ease.

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Rigging Services: 3 tips to move an “awkward” load

One)

We can’t stress this enough – inspect your equipment! Says rigger Dwayne Fader, Sales Manager at Hercules SLR “Once the equipment is broken, it’s already too late – maintenance and regular inspection is the key to prevention.”

Check the manufacturer instructions or manual for suggested and required inspection times – Unless you want to damage that expensive part, package or material, which costs WAY more over time than simply investing some time and money into inspections.

An informal inspection should be done before each lift, and official inspections should be done according to manufacturer and/or provincial regulations.  

Two)

Bigger isn’t always better. Sometimes, you might look at a large object like a vehicle and just think, “well I’ll grab a bigger shackle or sling.” But you’d be surprised at how much support a smaller sling and/or hardware does have.

“Most people are surprised to learn that a small, 2 1/2″ shackle is strong enough to lift a car – bigger shackles are available, but why go bigger when you don’t need to? Often, the smaller piece of equipment will be safer and better suited to the application as it’s meant to support a specific amount of weight.” says Fader.

Using slings which are too big and create bunching are a safety issue, and so is using a shackle which is too big that a sling may slide around in.

Three)

Preventative maintenance is a pain, but important. The longer a piece of equipment isn’t inspected or small repairs are ignored, the worse the outcome typically is. A small build-up of issues can eventually lead to large, more expensive repairs. Neglecting preventative maintenance will increase both cost and the risk of injury or death.

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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.