Hoisting and Rigging

Course Outline

Hoisting and Rigging

General information on course

Knowledge of hoisting and rigging equipment and materials is one of the most important factors in jobsite occupational health and safety. Recognizing its capabilities and limitations not only improves efficiency but minimizes hazards and helps prevent accidents. This program covers not only the fundamentals of ropes and knots, but also hoisting equipment from cranes to chainfalls, as well as rigging hardware from rope clips to spreader beams. Equally important is the attention paid at every step to the correct procedures for equipment inspection, maintenance, and operation. Participants must successfully complete and pass both the theoretical and practical components of this course to receive their record of training (ROT).


Can be a full day depending on the size of the group and participant interaction.

Who Should Attend:

This program is intended for all workers and supervisors in need of training in the fundamentals of safe rigging and hoisting.



After successfully completing this portion of the course, participants will understand:

  • The legislative requirements (Government Regulations, CSA Standards and Manufacturers’ Guidelines and Principles);
  • The duties and responsibilities of workplace stakeholders;
  • Hoisting and rigging policies, procedures and precautions;
  • Weight loads and the weights of common materials;
  • Fibre ropes, knots and hitches (and related hardware), wire rope and slings;
  • Hand signal practices/protocols related to hoisting.


To successfully pass this course, participants must demonstrate the following:

  • Proficiency in general safe lifting procedures;
  • The ability to pick up, travel with and place a load within a device’s load limitations;
  • The ability to properly use fibre ropes, knots and hitches (and related hardware), wire rope and slings.

By means of group discussion, case studies and one-on-one instruction, participants will gain the ability to apply what they learn in this course.

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