Riggers are employed to assemble, install, position and secure temporary construction rigging such as cables, cranes, ropes, pulleys and winches to lift, lower and position heavy objects and equipment. They are responsible for making decisions on the most effective equipment and methods to get a job done safely and efficiently.
Riggers work on construction sites across Queensland and their workplaces vary from office buildings and hospitals to schools and mining sites in both urban and rural areas.
Riggers generally have to hold a high school diploma and are required to complete a traineeship and entry-level qualifications to start their careers. Two in five riggers hold a Certificate III/IV.
They must also hold licences required by the state that they work in, as well as training in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. In Queensland, there are three levels of rigging licences: basic, intermediate and advanced. Read more about the requirements here.
Construction rigger salaries vary between $40,000 to $100,000 per year depending on skills and experience, with salary increasing with experience. The average weekly full-time earnings for riggers before tax is $1,517, which is above the national average. (Job Outlook, 2018)
Currently, there are over 29,000 riggers employed across the country, 17.8% of which are working in Queensland, and the Australian Government predicts that there will be very strong growth in the industry.
Rigging is considered a high-risk occupation, and despite workers being highly trained in safety, construction sites are dangerous places where accidents and injuries do happen.
Risks for riggers:
Despite significant legislation and regulations in place, the construction industry as a whole has been identified as having one of the highest number of workplace injury and fatality claims.
Safe Work Australia is working to reduce the number of serious incidents by 30% by 2022 through a number of nationwide initiatives.
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