July 14, 2015
Q We are planning on performing our own rigging on a steel-erection project in the near future. Who can be a qualified rigger? Also, is there a requirement that the rigger qualification be nationally recognized?
A A qualified rigger is a rigger who meets the criteria for a qualified person (as defined in 1926.32, Definitions): "A qualified person means one who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience, has successfully demonstrated the ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project."
Oregon OSHA's steel erection rules (Division 3, Subdivision R) require a qualified rigger for certain steel erection activities. See 437-003-0753 (Tag lines) and 1926.753 (Hoisting and rigging). There is no requirement that that rigger qualification be nationally recognized.
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