We have been asked a few times lately - what is the difference between a rigger and a dogman?
Both roles require a “high risk work” licence and are often seen on construction sites or in facilities with cranes or hoists. So the question is – Do we need a qualified rigger or dogman? Depends upon what you need done. Below is a summary description of what the respective training qualifications allow for each role.
A licensed Dogman can:
- Select and inspect lifting gear;
- Sling loads per trained techniques;
- Direct a crane or hoist operator in the movement of loads.
A licensed Basic Rigger can:
- Move plant and equipment;
- Erect steel & material hoists;
- Install static lines and safety nets;
- Erect mast climbing personnel platforms;
- Install and maintain perimeter safety screens & shutters & crane loading bay platforms.
Intermediate Riggers can:
- Rig cranes, conveyors, dredges and excavators;
- Erect precast concrete panels and tilt up panels;
- Demolition work;
- Dual crane lifts;
- Erect material and man hoists.
Advanced Riggers can:
- Rig: gin poles, shear legs, flying foxes, cable ways, guyed derricks and guyed structures.
- Erect suspended scaffolds and fabricated hung scaffolds.
So remember to ask - what tasks do we need carried out here?