Riggers assemble and install rigging gear such as cables, ropes, pulleys and winches to lift, lower, move or position machinery, structural steel and other heavy objects.

Duties & Tasks

Riggers may perform the following tasks:

  • examine objects to be moved, estimate their size, shape and weight and decide on the type of equipment necessary to move them
  • erect a temporary jib or derrick (lifting devices) if required, and install cables, pulleys and other tackle
  • choose or make slinging equipment and attach it to the load
  • erect cranes and mobile crane booms, and increase the height of tower cranes by bolting component parts in place and rigging cables
  • splice ropes and cables to make slings and tackle
  • erect structural steel for buildings or plants under construction
  • erect precast concrete panels used on facades of buildings
  • inspect, maintain and repair equipment
  • make sure that safety requirements are met at all times.


Dockside Rigger

A dockside rigger splices and braids rope and wire to manufacture a range of safety products such as cable stockings and hose restraints for high pressure hoses and pipes; embarkation ladders and gangway nets; and cargo and safety nets for lifting cargo to and from ships. They also work on site, assembling and installing rigging equipment in shipyards and dockside loading facilities.

Working Conditions

Riggers mainly work outdoors on construction sites, but can also work on ships, in factories and mines, and in the entertainment industry completing tasks such as setting up stages.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical outdoor work
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to work at heights
  • good with hands
  • safety-conscious
  • able to work as part of a team.
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