Licensing requirements for doggers in the use of vehicle loading cranes

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What is the requirement for doggers in the use of vehicle loading cranes?

In non-construction workplaces - A High Risk Work License for dogging is required at all times when the work undertaken falls within the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 definition of dogging work.

The Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 defines dogging work as:

applying slinging techniques for the purposes of lifting a load, including selecting the method of lifting (by consideration of the nature of the load, its mass and its centre of gravity) and inspecting lifting gear (for suitability and condition):


Directing the operator of a crane or hoist in the movement of a load when the load is out of the view of the operator.

The Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 has specific requirements where the vehicle loading crane used on a construction site is being used to lift a general load directly from the ground to the vehicle on which the crane is mounted or from the vehicle onto the ground, and the crane operator has an appropriate crane HRWL which includes dogging work and has experience in the use of that crane type, then there is no requirement for an additional dogger to be involved.

On a construction site when a load is being slung or moved outside the view of the crane operator an additional licensed dogman is required.

Last updated 06 Oct 2017

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