The ideal rigging´s harness

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What is a rigger?

First of all let’s see what is its definition, rigger is an anglicism that comes from the verb “to rig”, its meaning is to rig or equip, so we could say that a rigger is who prepares, prevents or arranges.

The rigger is a very important person since he is the one who prepares the load and guides the crane operator through the lifting signals, ensuring the safety of all those involved in the success of the maneuver.

He must be dynamic, agile and proactive as he is responsible for the successful completion of the loading maneuver.

Within his functions, he must make important decisions on how to stabilize, stow, choose the load hoisting elements and guide the crane operator in a safe way by means of signals.

He is an innate leader, always aware of the responsibility he has in the execution of the load lifting maneuvers and all this for his own safety and that of his colleagues, that is why it is so important to comply with all safety measures and always wear the appropriate protective equipment.

We explain which is the best harness for a rigger.

Climbing harnesses are secure, and offer unparalleled mobility and hoist height. But most of them are uncomfortable to hang in, and can’t hold gear, like the pocket on a bosun’s chair can. These and other problems are dealt with by the following features of an ideal bosun’s harness: 

Adjustable, heavily padded leg and hip bands, along with good design geometry, to assure maximum hang time.

A built-in tether with an auto-lock carabiner in the end. The tether can be secured around the mast, to mast hardware, or even tied around stays, to give the rigger lateral stability. It can also stand in for a halyard, in case you have to send one deck.

Two “D” rings, for uncrowded, independent halyard attachment. One halyard is the primary, the other is a safety.

Rack loops, from which to hang strops, shackles, and other gear. Since the loops have plastic tubing around them, they stand out from the harness, making them easier to attach to.

Belt loops, on which to hang sheaths for tools, or as shown here.

A small rigging bucket, complete with pockets, lanyard loops, and a drawstring closure. You can hold enough tools and materials in here for most jobs aloft.

 

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