Certified Rigging Inspectors: How Important is it to have them at Your Site?

Many construction job sites & production facilities lack certified rigging inspectors on-site. They typically would rely on the knowledge of the end user that may have had some fundamental training in a rigging class or by a rigging supplier sales person. Depending on the experience of the end user (crafts person, production or maintenance personnel) his or her exposure could be limited and be hesitant in making the correct decision on taking rigging out of service.

Available to companies are certified training institutions that can provide rigging gear inspection training for individuals that they have selected based on their qualifications. These individuals must successfully pass a written and practical test before they can be certified. Having these certified inspectors on the property, allows better decision making in the field and on the floor, can decide if rigging stays in use or if taken out of service, be properly disposed of. They can also assist in developing an annual rigging inspection program; create records that are required for some rigging (Chain slings) at a minimum. This could be a cost savings for many companies with in house inspections rather than having to contract and pay a 3rd party company.

The 3 certification levels for rigging inspectors that are recognized in our industry are:

  1. Level 1 Inspector - This would be the individual who has field experience in inspections and who must pass a written and practical test.
  2. Level 2 Inspector - Is the individual who has completed the Level 1 course and now has time, experience and regular participation in rigging inspections.
  3. Level 3 Inspector – Who has been a Level 2 inspector and has successfully completed and passed the Level 3 class.
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