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Forces and Formulas

ROCKY PAULSON

Introduction

Most riggers choose their profession because they enjoy working at height, the challenges and responsibilities of the job, and having a job that keeps them in shape. When we head down the road to becoming a rigger, most of us never dream that we would need to hone our math skills along with our climbing and knot-tying skills. However, the most important part of a rigger’s job is to make sure that the rigging system, the attachment points, and the support structure as a whole are able to support the forces imposed by the rigging load. In order to know whether or not the rigging system and attachment points (anchorages) can support the loads, the rigger must know the strengths of the support elements ...

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