“Give me a lever long enough and a prop strong enough, I can single handed move the world.”        Archimedes


ANSI 10.48

Qualified Person- One who can develop rigging plans and who has successfully demonstrated the ability to coordinate construction related to the wireless industry.

Class III rigging says the minimum level of responsibility is a competent rigger communicating with a qualified person and the qualified person may communicate with a qualified engineer.  The responsibility includes rigging plans for Class I, II or IV construction.

The ANSI 10.48 Competent Rigger/Qualified Person responsibility is to develop a rigging plan, but does the Qualified person understand the block and tag line angles that can create enough force to cause drop loads or a fatality?  A rigging plan is required for every lift at a site and a Qualified Person needs to understand the math that is creating forces on every lift.  But first, one needs to know the definitions:

 A Force is a push or pull upon an object resulting from the object’s interaction with another object. Whenever there is an interaction between two objects, there is a force upon each of the objects. Forces only exist because of an interaction

Newton – Force is a quantity that is measured using the standard metric unit known as the Newton. One Newton is the amount of force required to give a 1-kg mass an acceleration of 1 m/s/s. 1 Newton = 1 kg • m/s2

These forces of gravity, normal, friction, air resistance, tension, and spring that one cannot see, feel, or touch are creating enough to damage equipment, hurt or kill someone.  Tower Safety™ has put together a video to help understand block and tag line angle forces varying on the type of structure, location of pulleys and the tag person.  The ability to imagine right angles that do not physically exist when rigging to solve Pythagoras theorem is the key to a successful lift.