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 Texas
Per OSHA regulation 1926.1404 (r)(1), all employers in TX 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 Texas
In order to become a Certified Rigger in Texas, 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 Texas, 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 Texas
In Texas, 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 TX
The requirements for becoming a qualified rigger in Texas 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 TX
At Total Equipment Training, we provide both OSHA Rigger Qualification and NCCCO Rigger Certification offering training on-site at your facility across Texas in locations including Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, and Houston 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 Texas OSHA
If you have questions about occupational safety and health standards and rigger qualifications in Texas, you can contact the TX Department of Labor and Industry or OSHA directly at:
El Paso Area Office
4849 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX. 79912
Or find the Texas area OSHA office location closest to you here.
Testimonials from Clients who used Total Equipment Training in Texas
As the Site Safety Supervisor for our organization, I wanted to take the time to personally thank you for the thorough and effective rigger training program your company conducted at our employees at our Fort Worth location. Not only was the training course in line with the rigger certification exam questions and guidelines, but it also was relevant to our business’ specific needs and projects. I appreciate the fact that your organization realizes that heavy equipment operator training is not one size fits all.
In the past, we’ve used off-site training schools for our NCCCO training and certification needs. While this may effective for completing the necessary training, we found there to be a learning curve amongst our employees in applying their training to our job sites. However, with Total Equipment Training conduct your training program on our equipment at our location, our employees have been able to easily, efficiently, and safely put their training to work.
Thank you again, and we will be looking forward to working with you again in the future.
Fort Worth, TX
Interested in Rigger Training in Texas
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 Texas.
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