There was something on mangetout's lost gloves about what, exactly, are "riggers' gloves".
Well, this afternoon I was having a pint with The Old Man and uncle Jackie and they agreed, vociferously (as they do), using the F word many's the time that, under no circumstances could a rigger use a glove. Gloves would be deadly in that profession because, they could catch in a winch and: "away's your finger, your hand, your arm... You!" As Jacky would have it: "From the fuckin Arctic to the fucking Tropics to the Antarc-fucking-tic, you use your bare fingers. Look!” If you'd been there, you would have seen.