Silver Series Web-based Training:

Rigging & Hoisting

Rigging & Hoisting is part of VISTA's growing family of Silver Series online training programs, 1-2 hours in length and delivered via the web. They are ideal for new operator training.

A rigger is a person that specializes in the lifting and moving of extremely large or heavy objects. There is no place for shortcuts when performing this important job. Riggers must use approved rigging hardware and know how to apply standards that apply to each situation. They need to be able to select proper hardware, know how to calculate the weight of an object, and determine the center of gravity of the load. This program covers all the fundamentals, including necessary training and qualifications, hand signals, general standards, rigging components, rigging hook-ups, inspection and controls.

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This program contains five lessons:

Lesson 1 - Training: This lesson covers necessary training and qualifications. The following questions are answered as they pertain to training requirements: Who can perform the rigging of loads for lifting? Who is responsible for your safety? What are the restrictions on persons rigging and lifting loads? What additional training might be needed for rigging complex loads?

Lesson 2 - General requirements: This lesson covers general requirements. Before trainees can learn how to perform common rigging and hoisting tasks, they must first understand the safety factors that must be considered before rigging and hoisting a load. They also need to be able to assess a load to determine its weight and center of gravity.

Lesson 3 - Rigging components: explains the rigging components. This lesson covers each piece in detail, including hooks, shackles, wire rope, synthetic slings, chains and basic accessories.

Lesson 4 - Hook-ups: This lesson is all about hooking up loads. Once the load has been assessed and appropriate rigging hardware has been selected, components are assembled into a rigging hook-up or hitch. The types of basic rigging hitches are covered in this lesson.

Lesson 5 - Inspection and controls: This lesson covers rigging inspection and controls. Video and graphics are used along with clear guidelines to help trainees identify wire rope, slings, hooks and shackles that must be removed from service.

Trainers: Before you begin classroom or field training, why not provide your trainees with a solid foundation of knowledge about the equipment and how to operate it safety? This web-based training course can be delivered any time, anywhere you have access to a high-speed internet connection.


Recommended Prerequisite(s): Heavy Equipment - Intro & Safety, Heavy Equipment - Pre-Use Inspection
Estimated Length of Training Program: 1 hour + final test
Number of Test Questions: 17
Printable Certificate of Completion: Yes, with person's name, date and test score
Incorrect Question Feedback report: Yes
Language: English
Narration: Yes

Immediate online delivery for one person - viewable for up to 60 days

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  • Programs average 1-2 hours in length
  • "Check your knowledge" questions for improved knowledge retention
  • Integrated test to verify learning
  • A printable, customized certificate of completion for your records