Rigger (Construction)

Riggers, also known as Structural Steel Construction Workers, work primarily on construction sites. They handle rigging gear and assemble, reinforce, and dismantle scaffolding for various projects.

Duties and tasks

  • Assembling scaffolding on the exteriors and interiors of buildings
  • Dissembling scaffolding and rigging at the end of the day or the project
  • Putting guard rails and safety nets into place
  • Reinforcing concrete areas with wire mesh and other materials
  • Using clamps, hooks, bolts, and knots to position and reinforce scaffolding and rigging
  • Using pulleys and blocks to assemble rigging and align cables

Skills required

  • Ability to manipulate and control dials, switches, and gauges
  • Active listening skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Keen judgment and decision-making abilities
    Physical agility and strength

Working conditions

Riggers work on active construction sites. These may be outdoors, as in the exterior of buildings, or occasionally indoors when reinforcement work is needed. The sites may be in the middle of crowded cities or in more rural or isolated areas.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Constructors Association 

Australian Institute of Building 

Construction Industry Institute Australia 

Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council 

Master Builders Australia 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Bricklayer
  • Construction Worker
  • Dogger
  • Roofer
  • Scaffolder
  • Steel Fixer
  • Tradesmen