Code of Maryland Regulations
Title 09 - MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Subtitle 12 - DIVISION OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY
Chapter 09.12.26 - Crane Safety
09.12.26.08 - Rigger and Rigging Requirements

Universal Citation: MD Code Reg 09.12.26.08

09.12.26.08. Rigger and Rigging Requirements

A. An employer shall ensure that all rigging has been inspected and is used in accordance with the rigging manufacturer's limitations and requirements.

B. An employer shall ensure the following:

(1) That each rigger is trained and meets the qualification requirements of § G, H, or I of this regulation depending upon the work to be performed; and

(2) That the rigger is trained to satisfy the qualification requirements of this section at no cost to the employee.

C. Ensuring Compliance.

(1) Except as provided in § C(2) of this regulation, an employer shall ensure compliance with the qualification requirements of this section by using either a third-party qualified rigging evaluator or a qualified rigging evaluator.

(2) An employer may ensure compliance with the qualification requirements for § D of this regulation with written proof of an employee's successful completion of training through an apprenticeship program for riggers that has been approved by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council.

D. A third-party qualified rigging evaluator or a qualified rigging evaluator shall:

(1) Provide written documentation of his or her determination that the individual has been trained and meets the qualification requirements for the work to be performed; and

(2) Provide in the written documentation the level of qualification of the employee.

E. A determination by a qualified rigging evaluator is not portable.

F. A determination by a third-party qualified rigging evaluator is portable.

G. The qualification requirements for a level I rigger are:

(1) Basic understanding of the equipment operation and limitations, including the dynamics related to equipment movement when swinging and stopping loads and crane boom deflection when hoisting loads;

(2) Basic understanding related to the use and inspection of rigging hardware and equipment applicable to work that is performed, including common load configurations and positioning, and the use of taglines to control loads;

(3) Knowledge andunderstanding ofand competence in the application of the Standard Method for Hand Signals as outlined in ANSI/ASSE A10.42-2000 Safety Requirements for Rigging Qualifications and Responsibilities"American National Standard for Construction and Demolition Operations;

(4) Knowledge and understanding of the emergency procedures to address fire, power line contact, loss of stability, or control malfunction;

(5) Knowledge and understanding of the relevant requirements of 29 CFR §§ 1926.1419 "1926.1422;

(6) Knowledge and understanding of the personal fall protection requirements contained in 29 CFR § 1926.1423;

(7) Knowledge and understanding of the hazards and restrictions associated with working adjacent to overhead electric lines, including 29 CFR §§ 1926.1407 "1926.1411, and the Maryland High Voltage Line Act;

(8) Demonstration of the requirements of this subsection through an oral or written test and through a practical test.

H. In addition to the qualification requirements of § G of this regulation, a level II rigger shall:

(1) Have working knowledge of the equipment operation and limitations, including the dynamics related to equipment movement when swinging and stopping loads and crane boom deflection when hoisting loads;

(2) Have working knowledge related to the use and inspection of rigging hardware and equipment applicable to work that is performed, including common load configurations and positioning, and the use of taglines to control loads; and

(3) Have completed training in the safe application, use, and limitations of rigging equipment, as applicable to the work performed, including:

(a) Knowledge and understanding of the implementation methods for blind hoists and lifts;

(b) Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of rigging hitches and knots;

(c) Knowledge and understanding of the effective and safe use of anchor points;

(d) Knowledge and understanding of the effective and safe use of synthetic ropes in rigging applications;

(e) Knowledge and understanding of and the ability to apply the requirements of 29 CFR §§ 1926.1402 "1926.1406 as they relate to ground conditions and crane and equipment assembly and disassembly;

(f) Knowledge and understanding of and the ability to apply the requirements of 29 CFR §§ 1926.1424 "1926.1426 as they relate to hazards that may be created by crane and equipment operations; and

(g) Knowledge and understanding of and the ability to apply and provide direction in the use and limitation of rigging equipment outlined in ANSI/ASSE A10.42-2000 Safety Requirements for Rigging Qualifications and Responsibilities"American National Standard for Construction and Demolition Operations that may be applicable to the work performed.

I. In addition to the qualification requirements of §§ G and H of this regulation, a master/lead rigger shall have completed training in safe application, use, and limitations of rigging as applicable to the work performed, including:

(1) The hazards associated with cranes and equipment traveling with a suspended load;

(2) The requirements of 29 CFR § 1926.1431 as they relate to hazards that may be created by hoisting and lifting of personnel;

(3) Specific criteria from the manufacturer or equipment representative in the safe and appropriate methods of erection, dismantling, jumping, and reconfiguring of cranes and the relevant requirements of 29 CFR § 1926.1435;

(4) Specific criteria for lifting a single load with multiple cranes and the relevant requirements of 29 CFR § 1926.1432;

(5) The use and limitations of load indicating devices and the relevant requirements of 29 CFR § 1926.1415;

(6) The hazards that may be created by effects of angles or indirect pulling of loads;

(7) The drum/diameter (D/d) ratios; and

(8) Vectors and angles.

J. If the work performance of a level I, level 2, or master/lead rigger indicates that the employee does not meet the qualification requirements of this section, the employer may not allow the employee to continue to work as a rigger until retraining is provided and there is a reassessment that confirms the employee's qualifications.

K. All riggers shall successfully pass a substance abuse test pursuant to the employer's drug and alcohol free workplace and substance abuse policy.

(Regulation .08 amended effective December 28, 2009 (36:26 Md. R. 1994))
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