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Rigging and Lifting

Mechanical Skills

This comprehensive interactive multimedia training program consists of three lessons that train participants to use rigging and lifting equipment safely. The proper use of forklifts and cranes is also covered.

Audience: This program is excellent for every employee in all disciplines.

Number of Courses: 3

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Course 1 – Hand Operated Equipment

Prerequisites: This lesson is designed so that no prior knowledge is required.

Description: This lesson shows how to prepare for and carry out a lift using a hand-operated hoist. The lesson describes different types of lifting equipment and when each type would be used. The lesson also focuses on procedures for planning a lift, inspecting equipment, and performing a lift.


  • Identify and explain the operation of different types of hand-operated hoists
  • Identify and explain the function of components on the different hoists, including hooks, shackles, slings, and eyebolts
  • Plan a lift using a hand-operated hoist
  • Inspect hoists, wire rope slings, man-made fiber slings, trolley, shackles, eyebolts, and other related equipment
  • Install necessary equipment
  • Perform a lift
  • Invert a load using two chain hoists

Course 2 – Forklifts and Cranes

Prerequisites: This lesson is designed so that no prior knowledge is required. However, a familiarity with the basic operation of forklifts and mobile cranes is recommended.

Description: This lesson provides procedures for the safe and efficient operation of forklifts and mobile cranes. The lesson covers specific aspects of operation such as inspections before use and communication during operation, as well as the actual steps involved in lifting and moving loads.


  • Perform a visual inspection and an operational check of a forklift
  • Safely maneuver a forklift indoors
  • Properly unload, lift, stack, and unstack pallets
  • Perform static and operational inspections of a mobile crane
  • Properly use and interpret signals when operating a mobile crane
  • Determine the load limit for a boom extension and angle by using load limit and angle charts
  • Describe the procedures involved in performing a lifting operation with a mobile crane

Course 3 – Ladders and Scaffolding

Prerequisites: This lesson is designed so that no prior knowledge is required.

Description: This lesson explains how to select, inspect, and safely use both ladders and scaffolding. The lesson focuses on the application and safe use of single, extension, and step ladders in addition to the procedures for assembling tubular welded frame scaffolding.


  • Identify the components of a single, extension, and stepladder
  • Select the correct ladder taking length, weight, and type of material into account
  • Inspect ladders
  • Determine the correct angle to set the base
  • Raise and lower ladders according to safety procedures
  • Inspect and assemble tubular welded frame scaffolding