Accidents can happen on the job site unexpectedly at any time, for this reason, it’s essential that all riggers have the proper training and certifications necessary to perform their job safely as crane riggers play a crucial 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 Virginia
Per OSHA regulation 1926.1404 (r)(1), all employers in VA 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 Virginia
In order to become a Certified Rigger in Virginia, 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 Virginia, 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 Virginia
In Virginia, 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 VA
The requirements for becoming a qualified rigger in Virginia 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 VA
At Total Equipment Training, we provide both OSHA Rigger Qualification and NCCCO Rigger Certification offering training on-site at your facility across VA in locations including Richmond, Norfolk, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Virginia Beach, 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 Virginia OSHA
If you have questions about occupational safety and health standards and rigger qualifications in Virginia, you can contact the VA Department of Labor and Industry or OSHA directly at:
OSHA Area Office
600 East Main Street, Suite 207
Richmond, VA 23219
Virginia Department of Labor and Industry
Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 207
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Testimonials from Clients who used Total Equipment Training in Virginia
For the last five years, our organization has relied on Total Equipment Training, not only for our rigger training but all of our organization’s heavy equipment training needs. The entire staff of Total Equipment Training from their office personnel to their on-site trainers are one of the main reasons we continue our partnership.
In addition to their dedicated staff, the value and thoroughness of their on-site training programs are unmatched. Not only do they work with our organization to make sure that the material covered during the training programs is specific to our business’ needs and objectives, but it is also in line with the NCCCO certification exam. For our most recent on-site rigger training program conducted in Norfolk, VA, our team of 6 trainees all walked away as NCCCO certified riggers.
Thank you Total Equipment Training for your dedication to the safety and success of our organization. We will be looking forward to working with you again in the future.
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Interested in Rigger Training in Virginia
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 Virginia.