Services Offered by Liberty Crane & Rigging Consultants, LLC
We also perform these special services to assist you, your safety or training department.
We only train what we know. “Don’t use training as a punishment” it should be a reward for all.
We provide training and practical testing for individuals seeking certification in mobile crane operations. The certifying entity we use is the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (CCO). The CCO has many certifications for mobile cranes, they include the following:
- Fixed Cab (TSS) Swing Cab (TLL)
- Lattice Boom Truck (LBT) Lattice Boom Crawler (LBC)
- Articulated Boom (ABC)
Anyone can put a sling on a hook and “poof” you’re a rigger. Ever heard of basic hitches? Know the difference between horizontal and vertical angles? Did you know a sling can be overloaded and break while hoisting only a fraction of it’s working load limit? When we conduct a rigging class, we ask you questions. What do you pick up? What type of rigging do you use? Have you had training in the past?
We do this to ensure we are teaching you what you need to know. Not just what we want to teach you. OSHA has inspection rules but very little use. This is because you’re supposed to be qualified to rig a load. In fact, it is mandated in the construction law that all rigging is done by a qualified rigger. What makes you qualified? In the simplest of terms, you must know what you’re doing. I find only too often people have been overloading rigging without even knowing it. Then when the rigging fails, they are hurt, end up hurting someone else and the company fires or punishes them in some way. We don’t know what we don’t know because well we don’t know it.
Rigging can be an art, or it can be a minimal task as part of your trade. I don’t run into a lot of riggers. I run into a lot of people that have other titles that rig. Some look at a shackle as nothing more than a tool. That OK it is a tool, but you don’t use a $900.00 torque wrench as a hammer, do you? Why would you do that with a shackle? All rigging hardware needs to be used correctly, inspected correctly, stored correctly and when necessary preplaced correctly. We teach types, capacities, storage, proper use so you can make an informed decision if you’re even using the right rigging for your task. You don’t want to use chain slings around glass or even wire rope around high power lines. All these things and more are taught. One cannot just know stuff.
Rigging is a complex art. Many overlook its importance because we all know how a hook works. Take a sling eye and put it in a hook and lift the load. How hard can that be? What does the load weigh? What is the capacity of the sling? What is the capacity of the hook? How do you tell if any of the items are defective? That’s where we help. Understand not just what OSHA says but way, more importantly, is why! The “WHY” cannot be stressed enough. If you ever heard someone say “Pick it up slow let’s see what happens” they were being honest. The why is knowing when you pick the load it is going to do exactly what you want. To accomplish this, we offer a wide range of rigging classes.