Slinger Signaller Training

Accredited by the National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) & Independent Training Standards Scheme & Register (ITSSAR), Pro Trainers UK provides quality training to those in need of Certificate of Competence and Achievement. The aim of our Slinger Signaller training course is to provide the candidate with the essential knowledge and skill to perform his tasks to the highest level.

Our Manchester based Slinger Signaller training courses last between 1-4  days depending upon the requirements of the participants (refresher courses, intensive courses etc.), with partakers developing essential skills like machine operation, health and safety, and accepted good practice.

During the course, participants will be encouraged to participate in practical demonstrations and exercises, as well as learning theory lessons to ensure their understanding of the material is comprehensive.


What is a Slinger Signaller?

Slinger/Signaller/Banksman: The duties of Signaller, Slinger and Banksman are often combined in to one person’s responsibility and it is usual for thisperson to be competent and certified in all three functions. However, on larger or more complex lifts these duties may be performed by separate individuals and the duties are described separately below;

Slinger: The Slinger is responsible for attaching and detaching the load and for using the correct lifting equipment in accordance with the Method Statement. The Slinger directs the Crane Operator to take the weight of the lift load and ensures the load is safely slung before it is lifted to any height. The Slinger is also responsible for checking there are no overhead obstacles and for the attachment of a tag line for controlling the load once suspended, if required by the Method Statement or site conditions.

Signaller: Once the load is suspended the Signaller relays directions to the Crane Operator for the movement of the load to its destination using either specified hand signals or via radio communications. If more than one Signaller is being used only one Signaller must give instructions at any one time and a safe system of transfer should be in place as responsibility moves between Signallers.

Banksman: The Banksman is responsible for guiding the crane safely on and off site, especially when the crane is reversing or performing tight manoeuvres. He is also responsible for directing the Crane Operator to the correct location shown on the Berthing Study (part of the Method Statement) and for ensuring there is hazard free access and egress and movement around site if lifts take place in different locations on site.

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How long do Slinger Signaller courses last?

This common question is not easily answered, as the answer lies in the existing training level of the participant. Pro Trainers UK are well versed in working with companies of all shapes and sizes, and can advise on the most suitable course duration on a bespoke basis.

Key facts

1-4 Day Training Course


Pass Rate


Course Attendees



Assessment report

Pro Trainers UK follow a specific set of guidelines as determined by NPORS & ITSSAR to ensure your staff are trained to the highest standard. We utilise the following points to create an assessment report specific to the training course, creating confidence in knowing employees are competent in all course requirements.

tick Safety Awareness Session Covering:

1. Health & Safety at Work act 1974, sections 2, 7 & 8.2.

2. Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998,

3. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998,

4. Safe Working Loads, Working Load Limits and Safety Certificates,

5. Inspection Lifting Tackle,

6. Safe Operating Practices. 7. Methods of Slinging. 8. Weight Estimation

tick2 Pre-Lifting Checks

  • Confirmed with crane operator the weight of the load, the route, the signal code
  • Assessed area for potential hazards
  • Assessed landing area for suitability
  • Assessed load correctly for weight, stability, security.

tick3 Lifting accessories checks

  • Confirmed lifting accessories have undergone a current thorough examination
  • Correctly selected lifting accessories for the type, size of load
  • Selected the correct accessories in relation to SWL & mode of use
  • Inspected the accessories for serviceability

tick4 Lifting and moving

  • Attach the lifting accessories correctly to each load allowing for angular stress
  • Checked hoist line was vertical before lifting
  • Carried out a trial lift. Checked stability, security & confirmed weight
  • Kept full control of load using effective hand signals
  • Ensured the safety of all personnel during lifting and moving
  • Used tag lines effectively

tick5.Post lifting checks

  • Landed load safely and accurately
  • Removed accessories from load and cleared away any other equipment
  • Inspected accessories for damage, defect, wear
  • Returned lifting accessories to storage and stowed them correctly