Also known as: Crane Chaser, Dogman, Lagger

Doggers attach slings and direct the movement of loads handled by cranes in locations such as manufacturing plants, construction and mining sites, and the maritime industry. Doggers work both in and out of view of crane drivers.

White Card Asbestos Cert. Drivers Licence High Risk Work 18 years +
Dogger yes yes no yes yes
To be a dogger you need to enjoy outdoor, practical work and be physically fit with good hearing and vision. You also need to be able to work at heights and judge distances. You must have a basic knowledge of mathematics so you can work out formulas for safe working loads of steel wire rope, synthetic rope and chains.

  Typical Duties

  • check loads to be moved, and make sure they do not exceed the lifting capacity of the crane, by estimating load size, shape, weight and centre of gravity,
  • attach lifting devices to hoist equipment and any items to be moved,
  • use clamps, hooks, bolts and knots; choose slings and other grappling devices,
  • cover sharp corners with padding to prevent damage,
  • where the load is not visible to crane or winch operators, use hand signals, whistles or two-way radios,
  • be continually alert for people or objects which may come in the path of the load, and guide loads into position as they are lowered, and
  • inspect chains, slings, ropes, cables, hooks and lifting gear for flaws and damage such as cracks, wear, mildew and corrosion, and report any defects.

All construction workers need a White Card and Asbestos Awareness Training to work on a construction site in the ACT.

Check with your RTO to see if you are eligible for an ACT Training Fund Authority Subsidy. This will reduce the cost of your training. Training will also vary from RTO to RTO.


RTO Hours + Costs White Card Asbestos
40 hours + < $1,500 6 hours + < $500 4 hours + < $500
RTO’s that deliver Training for Dogging in the ACT:

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

Creative Safety Initiatives

Southern Training Organisation