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Riggers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, riggers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium to high level of social contact. They often direct other workers over the phone or face-to-face.
  • Are very responsible for the health and safety of their coworkers.
  • Are very responsible for the work done by the workers they supervise.
  • Sometimes are placed in conflict situations in which others may be angry or rude.
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  • Usually work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work both indoors and outdoors while moving loads.
  • Are frequently exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Are regularly exposed to extremely hot or cold temperatures while working outside.
  • May work in cramped work spaces that require getting into awkward positions.
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  • Are often exposed to hazardous equipment and contaminants.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations and high places while building rigging or guiding loads.
  • Always wear safety attire, such as hardhats and work gloves.
  • Sometimes work in extremely bright or dim lighting.
  • Often work physically near others, such as within a few feet.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could result in damage to the loads they move or injuries to coworkers.
  • Regularly make decisions that affect others, including coworkers and their company's reputation.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Set most of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
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  • Work in a stressful environment in which daily deadlines must be met.


  • Usually work 40 hours per week or more.
  • May work weekends or nights to meet deadlines.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.