Safety first: The job of attaching, lifting and moving heavy loads is safety-critical and should not be attempted by anyone who is not proven competent. Anchor Industries’ Basic Rigging Training helps you put safety first.

Learner outcomes: Learners accredited with this standard will be able to conduct basic rigging practises in accordance with legislative safety standards and job requirements. This includes the inspection, selection and safe use of lifting tackle to lift, move, lower and stack loads.

This course combines theoretical study, practical exercises and industry videos to teach students about the statutory requirements, general safety and safe use of lifting tackle, machines and lifting operations and to provide basic slinging and hitching skills.

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What participants of the course said:

  • I enjoyed getting so much practical experience with all the lifting gear.

    Sean F.
  • Bryan and Piet were great trainers!

    Dean S.
  • The most important things I learned is to always put safety first and to make sure to use the right equipment.

    Shaun S.
  • I have gained a lot of rigging skills. For example, how to communicate with the crane operator and to always inspect my gear before using it.

    Gordon M.
  • Thank you to the facilitators – for showing us how to use the equipment but also for sharing your experience. I'm now confident about my skills.

    Samuel P.
  • The course made me aware of the things that are not written down. I really enjoyed learning how to calculate the load weight – I can now do it myself.

    Daniel M.
training participants
  • Five-day course with practical and theoretical modules
  • Aimed at students who are likely to be involved in lifting and rigging operations
  • Basic Rigging Manual and Work Experience Logbook included with the course
  • Students must pass the classroom activity, written and practical exams to receive a certificate
  • Max. 10 students per course to provide optimal learning environment
  • The course is presented at Anchor’s training centres; course material is presented in English
  • On request, the course can be delivered at client’s premises.

Course dates 2020*

Month Days
January 24 – 28
February  17 – 21
March  16 – 20
April  20 – 24
May  11 – 15
 June  15 – 19
 July  20 – 24
 August  17 – 21
 September  14 – 18
 October  19 – 23
 November  16 – 20

*dates valid for Anchor’s training centres in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Additional courses can be arranged on request.

Course content

Introduction to the lifting and rigging industry

  • introduction
  • glossary of terms
  • required learner outcomes
  • learner role and responsibilities

General safety and equipment

  • summary of OHS Act
  • PPE required
  • safe approach to lifting operation

Safe use of lifting equipment

  • chain slings
  • steel wire rope slings
  • synthetic webbing slings
  • fibre rope slings and knots shackles
  • eye bolts and eye nuts
  • swivel lifting rings and shackles
  • plate clamps
  • girder trolley and beam clamps
  • manual and lever hoists
  • wire rope lifting and pulling winch

Lifting machines

  • mobile cranes
  • overhead cranes
  • tower cranes
  • hoists truck mounted cranes
  • forklift trucks
  • anchorages and ancillary components

Rigging for crane work

  • evaluating the load
  • load estimation
  • volumes of common shapes
  • load stability
  • angles and effects on working load limits
  • recommended methods of slinging
  • hand signals and communication
  • packing, securing and moving loads
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