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Are Dogging and Rigging the Same Thing?

If you’re thinking about starting a career in construction, there are a couple of terms you’ll have likely come across already: ‘dogging’ and ‘rigging’. If you do a little research on these two aspects of construction, you might be inclined to think that they’re the same thing. While they do have similarities, they each have their specific role on the site. Let’s explain why dogging and rigging are two different things.

What does a dogman do?

A dogman drives and directs cranes on construction and mining sites. They make sure that each load to be carried by the crane is safe by checking its lifting capacity. They also use tag lines to attach other lifting devices to hoisting equipment.

Dogmen determine the weight of the load to be lifted, select and inspect the lifting gear to be used and apply slinging techniques to do so. They also direct the crane operator when moving the load.

What licenses are required for dogging?

Dogging is a form of High Risk Work (HRW) and therefore requires a High Risk Work License for Dogging. The main aspect of dogging which demands this license is in the application of slinging techniques to a load.

This ensures that the dogman can calculate the safe angle for each sling, determine which sling or chain needs to be used, choose the right method for securing the load, choose the safest method to lift it, and inspect the lifting gear for its condition and any wear and tear.

What does a rigger do?

Rigging is the act of moving, securing or putting down a load while using the appropriate mechanical shifting equipment. It also involves erecting and dismantling cranes and hoists.

To move a load, riggers use equipment like cranes and hoists or other machinery like chain blocks and winch systems. Rigging can be a complex operation, and there are many different factors that a rigger needs to consider when moving a load. They must know the exact safest way to move a load before they lift it, and then handle and place the load correctly.

Dogmen, on the other hand, apply the slinging techniques to the load. So, you can see why it’s easy to confuse riggers and dogmen, but they each have their individual roles.

What kind of license does a rigger require?

Riggers, like dogmen, require a license to operate. In Australia, there are three classes of rigging certificate: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.

As you can see, there’s a difference between dogging and rigging – but both jobs are stimulating, challenging and fun. If you’re thinking about taking a dogging or rigging course, we can encourage you all the way! This is where the team at Construction Training International comes into play. They offer world-class training facilities with expert trainers at affordable course rates. Start your career as a dogger or rigger today with Construction Training International!

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