70 Years of Lifting & Rigging Excellence Click here to view our commemorative video!

Basic Rigging Terms You Should Know

If you’re new to the rigging industry or you’re involved with the purchasing of rigging equipment, but not very familiar with the work on the ground, you’re going to need to know some basic rigging lingo. This video will help get you up to speed fast.

In this video, you will find a list of rigging terms and definitions related to:

  • Governing bodies and standards
  • Rigging personnel
  • Other rigging terms

Schedule Remote or In-Person Rigging Training Here:


Contact Mazzella’s Rigging Division Here:


Bookmark the Written Glossary:


WATCH: OSHA Definitions: Who are Competent, Qualified, Designated, & Certified Persons?


In this video:

0:00 – Intro

1:30 – What is Rigging?

2:14 – Rigging’s Governing Bodies and Standards

2:35 – What is OSHA?

2:57 – What is ASME?

3:14 – What is ANSI?

3:50 – What does ASME mean by Manufacturer’s Recommendations?

4:07 – What does OSHA mean by Company Rules and Guidelines?

4:17 – What terms relate to Rigging Personnel?

5:01 – Who is a Designated Person?

5:15 – Who is a Competent Person?

5:26 – Who is a Certified Person?

6:02 – Who is a Qualified Person?

6:28 – Who is a Qualified Rigger?

6:34 – Basic Rigging Terms

6:54 – What does WLL mean?

7:13 – What does Design Factor mean?

7:38 – What is a Proof Test?

7:58 – What is a Proof Load?

8:06 – What does BTH mean?

8:25 – What are Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices?

8:46 – What is a Load Test?

9:44 – What does Ultimate Strength mean?

9:57 – What does Static Load mean?

10:07 – What is a Shock Load?

10:35 – What does COG mean?

10:54 – What does Fatigue mean related to rigging?

11:18 – How can I learn more?

11:55 – Bookmark the Written Glossary.

Copyright 2022. Mazzella Companies.

Subscribe to The Lifting & Rigging Channel on YouTube
Disclaimer: Any advice, graphics, images, and/or information contained herein are presented for general educational and information purposes and to increase overall safety awareness. It is not intended to be legal, medical, or other expert advice or services, and should not be used in place of consultation with appropriate industry professionals. The information herein should not be considered exhaustive and the user should seek the advice of appropriate professionals.