SC&RA Produces Manual/Bull Rigging Competency Guidebook to Promote Global Awareness

- In an effort to create a greater understanding of the skillset necessary for manual/ bull rigging, the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association introduces its Manual/Bull Rigging Competency Guidebook, available for free download to SC&RA members.

The Guidebook was born from member discussions. Ultimately, said, SC&RA Senior Vice President, Crane & Rigging, Beth O’Quinn, there were questions regarding exactly what manual rigging, also known as bull rigging, actually involved, and whether or not language needed to be developed as a benefit to members involved in the practice.

“During discussions, it was agreed that information was not readily available to assist in determining competency levels concerning manual/bull rigging,” she explained, “so a task force was formed with representatives from industry to develop guidelines,” she said.

O’Quinn emphasized that one notable aspect to the Guidebook is that it’s universal in nature. “It’s not just for U.S. operations; it can be used throughout the world, because it helps the end-user assess the risks. It provides the operational characteristics and then a risk assessment for the different types of activities.”

Committee member Keith Anderson, of Bechtel Equipment Operations, Inc., maintained that his company does a good bit of bull rigging in major petrochemical and nuclear projects, involving objects that are often oddly shaped with unknown centers of gravity, maneuvered within confined spaces.

“With that in mind, the purpose of the guidebook was to provide guidelines for the categorization of bull-rigging activities according to risk and complexity with associated recommended competency levels for personnel conducting those activities,” he noted.  

Past Crane & Rigging Group Committee Chair, Ken Goddard, of International Industrial Contracting Corporation, added, “When it was discovered that ‘bull rigging’ was a specific practice that was called many different things in different regions, the committee felt it would be helpful to the industry to evolve the practice into a commonly known name and publish a best-practice guideline.”

As with every guideline published by SC&RA, Goddard also pointed out, “… a cross-section of experts was tapped for their knowledge of the subject matter, which made the guideline a comprehensive document that can be utilized not only by the members, but the industry as a whole.”   

Available for electronic download via the SC&RA website, the Guidebook is also a “living document,” evolving as circumstances demand — and additionally serves as a useful tool for Association members that can be utilized to help educate project owners, general contractors, subcontractors and more when they’re bidding on projects.

SC&RA members can access the document, visit

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) is an international trade association of more than 1,360 members from 46 nations. Members are involved in specialized transportation, machinery moving and erecting, industrial maintenance, millwrighting and crane and rigging operations, manufacturing and rental. SC&RA helps members run more efficient and safer businesses by monitoring and affecting pending legislation and regulatory policies at the state and national levels; researching and reporting on safety concerns and best business practices; and providing four yearly forums where these and other relevant member issues can be advanced.

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