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Who Can Perform a Lift ?

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Lifting a Load

We are often asked the question about ‘who can perform a lift’, and ‘what is a Dogman or Rigger and do those qualifications apply to the work that we do’.   All good questions, here is a short summary which will help start the discussion:

The safe lifting of loads by cranes is generally dependant on a combination of:

  • Trained and competent personnel
  • The use of approved and maintained lifting equipment and cranes
  • Following established lifting procedures/plans

All personnel who plan crane lifts or direct/control a crane or hoist lift must have the appropriate levels of competency and High Risk Work License.

A High Risk Work License is required when:

  • An individual is required to exercise judgement in relation to the appropriate slinging techniques (selection of lifting gear, weights and centres of gravity)
  • There is a need to direct an operator or operate a crane or hoist to move a load

Dogging & Rigging

What are Dogging Competencies

Competencies include the application of slinging techniques  to move a load, including the selection and inspection of lifting gear, as well as the direction of a crane or hoist operator in the movement of a load when the load is out of the view of the crane/hoist operator

What are Rigging Competencies

Rigging competencies include the use of mechanical load shifting equipment and associated gear to move, place or secure a load using plant, equipment or members of a building or structure, to ensure the stability of those members and for the setting up and dismantling of cranes and hoists

Competency Assessment

A person performing high risk slinging, crane operation work must hold a relevant licence.  Only approved registered training organisations (RTO’s) can deliver training and conduct assessment for high risk work licenses.


Please contact SafeWork SA to discuss your requirements further