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Riggers - Physical Demands

Riggers frequently:

  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Repeat the same movements.
  • Bend or twist their body.
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  • Walk or run for long periods of time.
  • Kneel, stoop, crouch, or crawl.

It is important for riggers to be able to:

  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.
  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Determine the distance between objects.
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  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
  • Keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for riggers to be able to:

  • Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
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  • Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
  • See objects in very bright or glaring light.
  • Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
  • Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
  • See objects in very low light.
  • While looking forward, see objects or movements that are off to the side.
  • Determine from which direction a sound came.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.