Accidents can happen on the job site unexpectedly at any time, for this reason, it’s very important that all riggers have the proper training and certifications necessary to perform their job safely as crane riggers play an essential role in job site safety while cranes are in operation.
A crane rigger has many responsibilities and plays an integral part in the safety of a job site where cranes are in operation.
Qualified Rigger Regulations in Maryland
Per OSHA regulation 1926.1404 (r)(1), all employers in MD must use qualified riggers during all hoisting activities for assembly/disassembly work. In addition, a qualified rigger must be used whenever workers are within the fall zone and hooking, unhooking or guiding a load, or doing the initial connection of a load to a component or structure.
How to Become a NCCCO Certified Rigger in Maryland
In order to become a Certified Rigger in MD, candidates must pass both a Written and a Practical Examination. Candidates have 12 months from when they pass either the Written or the Practical Exam to pass the corresponding (Written or Practical) Exam for each rigger certification level.
In addition, in order to become a certified rigger in Maryland, individuals must also:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Comply with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
- Comply with NCCCO’s Code of Ethics
NCCCO Rigger Recertification in Maryland
In Maryland, CCO Rigger Certification is valid for five years. In order to be recertified, candidates must complete all requirements during the 12 month period prior to when their certification expires. The recertification requirements include:
- Passing the Recertification Written Exam
- Compliance with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
- Compliance with NCCCO’s Code of Ethics
There is no grace period once a certification has expired. Certification that has lapsed must pass both the full Written and Practical Certification Exam again.
How to Become a Qualified Rigger in MD
The requirements for becoming a qualified rigger in Maryland differ than becoming a Certified Rigger. Unlike the NCCCO Rigger Certification, there is not an accredited organization to assess the qualification of the rigger candidate. Determining if a candidate is a qualified rigger is instead based on the nature of the load, lift, and equipment used in hoisting a specific load as well as the candidate’s knowledge and experience. Typically, this is site specific and the training is not portable. An NCCCO Certified Rigger is usually considered qualified for most lifts. The Certification is portable and many companies/cities/states require it.
Our On-Site Rigger Training Locations in MD
At Total Equipment Training, we provide both OSHA Rigger Qualification and NCCCO Rigger Certification offering training on-site at your facility across MD in locations including Towson, Baltimore, Annapolis, Silver Springs, Bethesda, and Gaithersburg, as well as across the United States. Our knowledgeable staff will help guide you to decide which program best suits your needs.
Contact Information for Maryland OSHA
If you have questions about occupational safety and health standards and forklift certifications in Maryland, you can contact the MD Department of Labor and Industry or OSHA directly at:
Maryland Department of Labor
500 North Calvert Street #401 Baltimore, MD 21202
U.S. Department of Labor-OSHA
1099 Winterson Road, Suite 140
Linthicum, Maryland 21090
Phone: (410) 865-2055/2056
Testimonials from Clients who used Total Equipment Training in MD
Thank you and your entire team again for the extraordinary training program you conducted for our Bethesda based organization in April. I am pleased to share with you that the results of our employees’ certification examinations have come in. We are proud to say we’ve had a 100% positive pass rate. In addition, to the perfect examination rate, I’ve received nothing but positive feedback from those who were apart of the rigger training program you conducted. Not only did your trainers go out of their way to make sure everyone thoroughly understood the training material, but they also worked individually with the trainees to help ensure they were ready and prepared for both the written and hands-on examinations.
After our initial conversation last winter, I was immediately confident that your organization would be the best fit for our rigger training needs. I’m glad that I found Total Equipment as I know you’ll make all of our heavy equipment training less of a hassle moving forward.
Thank you again for your dedication!
Interested in Rigger Training in Maryland
Contact us today or give us a call at (610) 321-2679 and our knowledgeable staff will provide you with the information you need and tailor an on-site rigger certification training program to fit your needs and meet OSHA requirements in Maryland.