All You Need To Know About Crane Riggers

It is quite surprising that people who rent mobile cranes often forget to hire riggers. Riggers are a critical aspect of crane operation. Without them, your site becomes prone to accidents since the operator is compelled to drive the crane and conduct rigging work. So, who exactly are riggers? Read the excerpt below to learn about rigging services and the considerations to make when hiring a crane rigger. 

Who Are Crane Riggers? 

Crane riggers are trained professionals who prepare the crane to lift heavy objects. They also hook loads and direct the crane operator to ensure they do not hit objects or people. A rigger handles the following tasks at your construction site: 

Site Preparation

The rigger will visit the construction site to establish whether or not it is safe for crane use. For example, the rigger will examine the rigidity of the soil to determine the need for a tracked or rough terrain crane. Besides, they will check if the site is accessible to the crane. The rigger will also check work plans to establish how high the crane will work and the loads it will lift. Besides, they will check the site for risks such as trees, electrical wires, nearby buildings and roads.  

Developing Safety Protocols

The rigger will develop safety protocols to prevent site accidents. For example, they could instruct you to cut branches that could obstruct the operator's view. Besides, they will create a traffic plan to limit human and vehicle movement when the crane is in use. The riggers will also mark the crane's blind spots. 

Crane Rigging

The rigger will prepare the crane for use. For example, they will determine a suitable location to set up the crane. Besides, the rigger will mark out the boom's range of motion. The rigger will also inspect the crane to ensure it is working properly and will not cause accidents. Finally, they will hook loads and keep in touch with the operator when the crane is in use.

Considerations To Make When Hiring Crane Riggers 

One of your concerns when hiring the crane rigger is their ability to rig the crane at the site. If possible, go for company-appointed riggers since they have a working relationship with the operator. If the crane will be in use for several hours daily, go for multi-talented riggers. For example, some riggers can perform scaffolding work or operate small plant equipment.