HRETDs basic rigging training course details
Basic rigging techniques
SAQA unit standard: 253582, 244407, 253590
Field: Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology (all three standards)
NQF level:  02 (8 credits), 03 (7 credits), 03 (4 credits) respectively
Maximum learners per group: Ten learners
Novice training duration: Two days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs basic rigging training course details
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Training requirments
Fleet logistics and
defensive driver
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Basic rigging
Lifting equipment inspection
Safe lifting practice
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
Working at heights
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools

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HRETD's pre-operational basic rigging checklist
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Included in this mutimedia training programme The objective of the basic rigging course is to provide learners with the skills and knowledge necessary for the identification of defects associated with lifting tackle. Learners found competent at the end of the course will be able to perform basic rigging operations in conjunction with lifting equipment and in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Entry requirements

Basic maths and English literacy (minimum Grade 7).

For any queries regarding the requirements and conditions of basic rigging training, contact our skills development advisor for more information.

Materials handling and lifting operations training

Each learner will receive

Basic rigging operations training

Safe lifting practices

Course content

Structure of steel wire ropes

We describe steel wire ropes, ordinary right-hand lay ropes, the core, strands and construction of a rope.

Identifying types of slings

We outline mechanical splicing methods, the Afgrip aluminium ferrule and super-loop steel ferrule mechanical splices, hazards to look for when using Afgrip ferrule slings, identification of slings, inspection of wire rope slings and the OHS Act 85 (1993) extract.

Strength reduction of wire rope slings at different angles

We look at how to work out the SWL of a rope, strength reduction tables, principle of sling angles and easy ways to determine if the sling angle is correct.

Slinging methods

We discuss how to work out the SWL of a rope, strength reduction tables and the dos and don'ts on wire rope slings.

Webbing slings

We take learners through different slinging methods, sling load chart, self-assessment, webbing slings and the inspection thereof, soft round slings and inspections.

Chain slings

We outline types of chain slings, correct use, inspection, (WLL)/ (SWL), construction and use of chain blocks, daily inspections, loads, inspection of chain slings, correct sling application and storage of chain slings.

Important safety information concerning hooks

Shackles and eyebolts

We describe the use of bow shackles, “D” shackles, right and wrong shackles, inspection and safe use. We talk about the safe use of eyebolts, collared metric eyebolts – safe mass load chart, self-assessment, rights and wrongs of eyebolts.

Lifting clamps

Rigging procedures and precautions

We take learners through eccentric loading with multiple legged slings, correct slinging methods, choker method with wire rope slings on square loads, safe and unsafe choker methods, hand signals for overhead, truck mounted, and mobile crawler crane operations as well as hand signals for mobile crane operations.

Handling a load and site inspection

We do a site inspection, mobile crane load chart on outriggers – 360°, rigging plan survey, rigging/lifting plan survey, rigging/lifting plan survey 2, Safe Working Load chart on steel wire rope 6 x 36 (14/7 + 7/7/1) f, routine mechanical handling risk assessment, asymmetrical load sling calculations and Beaufort wind scale for use on land (1 to 9).

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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Accredited by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA)

Training programme accreditation

This training programme is aligned to the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standards 253582: Lift and Move a Load using Manual Lifting Equipment and Tackle, 244407: Lift and Move a Load using Mechanical Lifting Equipment and 253590: Lift and Move a Load in Suspension using a Mobile Crane.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to conduct basic rigging operations, the candidate will receive a certificate of competence that is valid life-long, excepting where it is the policy of the company to have the rigger refreshed every two years.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practice training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training. John, a construction team supervisor, was keen on implementing quality principles on his construction site. One day, a scaffold erecting and dismantling supervisor named Sarah joined the team. They had a quick meeting on planned task observations, as they aimed to apply quality control meticulously. The supervisory skills John had acquired in his training courses proved effective as he managed the team smoothly. An incident occurred when they started to operate pan compactors and trench compactors. Safety was their top priority, and they had a fire and evacuation marshal named Tim, as well as a fall protection planner named Emily. Both had gone through rigorous task observation training and were adept at safety monitoring. Suddenly, a fall arrest situation happened. A worker named Jack was dangling from the scaffold. Emily, the fall protection planner, initiated the protocols while Tim, the fire and evacuation marshal, cleared the area. Another team member, trained as a fall arrest rescue technician, sprung into action and rescued Jack efficiently. The next day, the management decided to elevate the role of the fire and evacuation marshal and the fall protection planner, to include teaching supervisory skills and management skills to all staff. It was crucial to maintain standards, including those for scaffold erection, soil compaction, and machinery operation. In the end, John felt proud of his team's swift actions and appreciated how every member's training in areas like conflict resolution, construction safety, and task safety played a role in averting a crisis. The management, impressed by the team's performance, decided to engage Sarah, the scaffold supervisor, to oversee scaffold dismantling as well. Sarah had significant scaffolding skills and had completed courses in leadership training and employee supervision. She was an expert at operating heavy machinery, including the trench compactors. John's team was also responsible for off-road 4x4 driving techniques, heavy vehicle defensive driving, and AARTO system regulations. Given the mix of terrains they had to navigate to reach different construction sites, these skills were essential. They even had courses for light delivery vehicles and motorcycle defensive driving for delivery staff. With AARTO system training, they made sure that professional drivers understood the legal obligations and safety requirements, particularly for fleet managers. To address the challenge of securing heavy machinery for transport, they had a specialized training session on lowbed securement best practices. A team member, Mark, was excellent at maintaining customer relations, a skill he acquired through specific training programs. As the team expanded, pre-employment professional driver evaluations were introduced. This helped in assessing the driving skills of new recruits, which was crucial for maintaining construction site safety. Economic driving skills were taught to make the best use of fuel, reducing operational costs. Their training programs also catered to expats, offering RSA roads orientation, anti-hijacking techniques, and risk mitigation. They even included a unique program focusing on defensive driving for gravel roads. The last addition to their training curriculum was a special course on economic driving skills and techniques to help save fuel and reduce emissions. One day, they received a big project that required additional skilled workers. Luckily, John had undergone supervisory training, enabling him to manage even larger teams effectively. The project was a big success, and it was all thanks to their diverse skill set, continuous training, and excellent supervisory skills. The team felt a sense of accomplishment, knowing their comprehensive training—from 4x4 driving techniques to construction equipment operation—made them versatile and effective in their roles.
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