Rigging Handbook, 5th Edition
“The complete illustrated field reference” brings clarity to complex topics.
The fifth edition of the Rigging Handbook by Jerry Klinke is a clear, well-illustrated reference for millwrights, rigging professionals, crane operators and anyone involved with performing or teaching rigging and hoisting operations. The small-format book can easily be slipped into a back pocket, yet is comprehensive of its topics at 256 pages. Main headings are “Slings,” “Hardware,” “Formulas,” “Weights,” “Operations,” “Standards” and “Signals.” Headings are easy to find, since each page has a staggered darkened section on its outside edge with the heading under which it belongs.
Safety is stressed throughout the simply laid-out book. Klinke has a knack for making explanations clear and writing concise, simple answers to rigging questions that may otherwise appear complex. This edition emphasizes regulation and code changes affecting equipment use. It is also updated with several corrections and additional notations. Other topics include load-sharing concepts, load-control techniques, load-leveling practices, center-of-gravity concepts, cribbing use and wood blocking, tag-line use, chainfall and lever-hoist use, and many more. Klinke has written and illustrated many publications on industrial crane and rigging operations. He has been involved with rigging and crane operations since 1976. His career in the nuclear power industry as both a field supervisor and, later, as a training instructor has gained him respect with a wide range of craftsmen. Klinke has been developing and teaching rigging-related courses for more than 30 years and is a founding member of the Association of Crane and Rigging Professionals, is on its board of directors and has been involved with its operation since its creation in 1995. He has also served on several Rigging Task Force committees for the Crane Institute of America and National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, assisting them in their efforts to provide uniform qualification certifications and examinations to meet today’s workplace requirements. He is a frequent speaker on rigging training and the standardized testing and qualification of crane operators, riggers and signalmen.