What is a dogman and who needs a dogging licence?

Written by Neil McLeod


A dogman is employed to drive and direct a crane in operation on a building construction or mining site and often works as part of a team with a rigger and crane operator.

A dogman checks the loads to be moved to ensure they match the lifting capacity of cranes and also attaches lifting devices to hoisting equipment using tag lines. Communication is with a dogman whistle, hand signals and radio. 

Dogging (DG) is a high risk work (HRW) licence that requires:

  • the application of slinging techniques including the selection and/or inspection of lifting gear to safely
  • or directing a crane or hoist operator in the movement of the load when the load is out of view of the operator.


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