Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U.S. Department of Labor

Process: Rigging


Hazard: Falls


Riggers often have to walk backwards to either better position the load or to visually communicate with the crane operator.

At these times the risk is increased for tripping over unseen objects on the path of travel.



Sometimes loads have to be landed near the edge of a deck. Riggers should avoid putting themselves between the load and the edge. While performing this work, riggers run the risk of being crushed or knocked over or through the railings if the load suddenly swings towards the edge.

Worker on Deck


Riggers should pre-walk the path of travel and remove potential tripping hazards.



Riggers should always review the potential hazards of landing loads. Positioning of the rigger is critical if the load shifts.

In situations where guardrails have been temporarily removed in order to land the load, riggers must be protected by other means to prevent falls overboard.



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