OPITO Rigger Training (Stage 1)

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  • 3.0 days
  • Lifting Operations


The course will: train delegates in the principles that support the correct slinging of different types of loads, in the safety precautions to be taken whilst working with rigging equipment, and in the inspection and use of all associated equipment. The course is a mix of theoretical and practical sessions, during which delegates will be required to demonstrate their level of knowledge and understanding of the training programme content.

Rigging and Lifting Handbook
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By the end of this training programme delegates will:

  • Understand the role of the rigger and be aware of the relevant regulations pertaining to rigging operations
  • Be able to assess loads in terms of their weight and centre of gravity
  • Have a good understanding of SWLs, colour coding and inspection requirements
  • Be able to carry out pre-use inspections on equipment used in rigging operations to ensure safe lifting
  • Be able to sling loads and ensure they are secure and ready for lifting
  • Be conversant with the correct hand and radio signals to be used
  • Be aware of the correct use of different rigging equipment (eg chain blocks, tirfors, slings, shackles and chains)
  • Be able to prepare and lift loads using rigging equipment, and to use cross hauling techniques to safely move and deposit various loads
  • Be aware of all safety precautions to be taken whilst working with rigging equipment in terms of issues such as safe stances
  • Be able to restore the work area and be aware of post-operational requirements.

Target Audience

All personnel who are involved in rigging and lifting operations and those who supervise such work.


  • Due to certain aspects of the course being physically demanding and potentially stressful, delegates will be required to confirm their medical fitness & physical ability to participate on this course by completing our centre medical self-screening form prior to course commencement


Survivex Ltd
Kirkhill Commercial Park, Dyce Avenue
Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 0LQ


OPITO approved certificate will be issued on successful completion.


The course must be revalidated every 2 years.

Delegates should bring

  • Government Issued Photographic ID eg Driver Licence or Passport
  • £1.00 coin for locker
  • Safety Glasses or Goggles if prescribed
  • Coveralls, Safety Boots, Safety Glasses & Safety Gloves


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