The 16 hour Rigging Worker course is required by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) for all individuals who perform rigging or signaling work in conjunction with the hoisting or lowering of articles on the outside of a building with hoisting equipment, and that are not directly employed by a New York City licensed rigger. As per 33220.127.116.11 of the 2014 NYC Construction Code, this course covers rigging in construction, including an overview of OSHA and DOB codes and procedures.
As per NYC DOB §3314-01 Mast-climbing work platforms (mast climbers). (m) Training shall be required for all individuals who install, remove, use, or operate a mast climber.
(1) Installation or removal. Beginning July 1, 2012, individuals who install or remove a mast climber, including the person supervising such individuals, shall have completed manufacturer provided training for the installation and removal of the specific make and model of the mast climber.
(2) Operation or use. Beginning July 1, 2012, individuals who operate or use a mast climber, including the person supervising such individuals, shall have completed a department-approved training course that is at least four (4) hours long, and a department-approved four (4) hour refresher course every (4) years thereafter that covers areas including, but not limited to, mast climber use and operation, hazards associated with such work, pre-use inspections, start up and shut down procedures, emergency descent procedures, fall protection, mast climber stability and balance, and storage of materials on a mast climber.
(3) Examinations. Successful completion of a four (4) hour mast climber training or refresher course required by paragraph (2) of this subdivision (m) shall be dependent upon passing a written examination conducted by the training provider.
(7) Identification cards. Upon successful completion of a mast climber training or refresher course required by paragraphs (1) or (2) of this subdivision (m), the individual shall be issued a wallet size identification card acceptable to the department. Such card shall be kept on the person during the course of work and shall be presented to the department upon request.