Rigging is both a noun, the equipment, and verb, the action of designing and installing the equipment, in the preparation to move objects. A team of riggers design and install the lifting or rolling equipment needed to raise, roll, slide or lift objects such as with a crane, hoist or block and tackle.
Rigging comes from rig, to set up or prepare. Rigging is the equipment such as wire rope, turnbuckles, clevis, jacks used with cranes and other lifting equipment in material handling and structure relocation. Rigging systems commonly include shackles, master links and slings, and lifting bags in underwater lifting.
In the United States the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates workplace safety including rigging in CFR 1926.251.
A Humvee is rigged for being airdropped at the Heavy Drop Rigging Facility near Pope Field at Fort Bragg, N.C.
An advanced rigging challenge assembling a wind turbine.
An adjustable spreader bar with webbing slings.
- Vincoli, "Rigging". Jeffrey W.. Lewis' dictionary of occupational and environmental safety and health. Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers, 2000. Print.
- Reese, Charles D.. Annotated dictionary of construction safety and health. Boca Raton: Lewis Publishers, 2000. Print.