Safety Officer wearing a safety vest and writing on a clip board.

Safety Officer wearing a safety vest and writing on a clip board.

During the past two years, Bigfoot’s Academy has been providing a major city in Canada with specialized rigging training for all of their civil workers. In the process of training hundreds of workers, Bigfoot has garnered valuable feedback from participants and improved critical aspects of the course.

Today, the course is being offered as a one-day (eight-hour) training experience, which is always a mixture of classroom learning and onsite coaching. Bigfoot’s Academy is providing some of the best training experiences in the industry.

 

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The goal of Bigfoot’s Civil Rigging Course is to educate the untrained worker. The course focuses on the proper use of equipment, on lifting practices, and on the potential hazards of the work environment.

Eighty percent of rigging failures are due to slings being cut, and that’s where our course comes in to teach proper inspection and safe use of slings & hardware.

In addition to explaining current regulations, the course also helps workers to know what questions to ask when lifting loads, so that they can use taglines effectively and keep a safe distance from hazards.

 

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Our training is well known for being practical, helpful and engaging. Our instructors have years of on-the-job experience and they combine their knowledge with a passion for teaching, which comes out clearly in the format of the training.

“We teach theory and practical,” says Ralf Notheis, Manager of Bigfoot’s Academy, “so that means we spend some time in the classroom, then we get out on the job, in the rain and in the mud with our gloves on, to make sure it works in real life. We don’t just tell people what they need to know, we show them why they need to know it.”

 

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A row of construction managers stand looking off towards their construction site at mid-day.

A row of construction managers stand looking off towards their construction site at mid-day.

Effective training in civil rigging training not only prevents accidents and ensures safety for workers, but it also relieves the legal and corporate pressures of negligence on the part of managers and owners.

Whether it’s safety risks, damage risks, legal liabilities, or loss of work, the cost of accidents is enormous. Untrained and unqualified managers can be a major liability to construction companies and city work crews. Bigfoot’s Civil Rigging Course is for supervisors and foremen as well as workers. Everyone needs to understand the value of this training.

 

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Two men helping lower shoring with an excavator into a hole.

Two men helping lower shoring with an excavator into a hole.

“The Civil Rigging Course helps workers move loads safely. Really, it’s for anyone who does any kind of mechanized lifting, using equipment like excavators or backhoes to move loads into place. Ideally, we want to make this course available to every civil works crew and every construction company in Canada—it’s that important.”

– Ralf Notheis, Manager of Bigfoot’s Academy.

Bigfoot’s training for civil riggers empowers workers with knowledge so that they can be confident on job sites. With adequate training, they can perform their work with the kind of self-assurance and professionalism that is required in a high-risk environment.

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