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Riggers install and assemble rigging gear such as scaffolding, cables and ropes as instructed by Chargehand, Supervising or HOD Riggers. The role requires rigging or scaffolding experience, as well as the ability to work as part of a team, to deadlines, and under pressure.,p> Responsibilities
Riggers are responsible for building rigs on film productions and, depending on the size of the shoot, they report to, and receive instruction from Chargehand, Supervising or HOD Riggers. The job may involve building a variety of structures, ranging from small platforms to huge constructions. Riggers are responsible for erecting and dismantling basic access and support scaffolding, such as independent and birdcage scaffolds, scaffold towers, cantilever scaffolds, and pavement and roof scaffolds. They must also position and remove specialised equipment for accessing the rig, such as vertical ladders, roof ladders, crawler boards and rope ladders. They are responsible for installing lifting and suspension apparatus, such as wire and fibre ropes, chains and slings, winches and pulley blocks.

Riggers should also be able to install powered hoists to access and transfer loads, and operate powered tools and equipment. Riggers must adhere strictly to the requirements of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and procedures. Their roles often involve real 'life risks'. This means not only the potential endangerment of their own lives, but also those of the cast and crew with whom they are working. Riggers are therefore responsible for knowing when to use a safety harness for their own protection, for showing competence in inspecting and maintaining the integrity and security of scaffolding, and for establishing a safe working environment.

Skills
Riggers on film productions must have wide knowledge of all aspects of rigging. They should be able to work effectively both independently, and as part of a team. They need good communication skills. They should have excellent health and safety knowledge and awareness. The role is physically demanding and they need stamina and good co-ordination, and must be comfortable working at heights. They should also be prepared to work long and often anti-social hours.

Qualifications/Experience
Riggers need some accredited qualifications, such as Rigging/Scaffolding qualifications in S.I.T.A.C., C.I.T.B., E.C.I.T.B., or NVQ/SVQs. Aspiring film industry Riggers should also spend at least two or three years with a reputable scaffolding company in order to gain valuable experience and training. Extensive knowledge of the Health and Safety legislation and procedures relating to rigging is essential. As the role involves travel, a full EU driving licence is required.

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