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Banksman & Slinger Training (Stage 1) (OPITO Approved)

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    3 Days

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Banksman & Slinger Training (Stage 1) (OPITO Approved)


During the course the delegates will be able to gain a basic level of understanding and awareness of their roles and responsibility as Banksman and as a slinger and knowledge/skills necessary to control lifting operations.

Target Group

This course is designed to meet the standard which has been produced by OPITO. This programme is designed to meet the initial offsite training and assessment requirements for crews carrying out Banksman and Slinging Operations.


All delegates must be in possession of a valid medical certificate.



Course Contents

LOLER 1998 and its relevance to lifting operations

Documentation and regulations that apply to lifting activities

Why it is important to plan lifting activities

Hazards associated with lifting operations and the
appropriate control measures

The roles and duties of personnel in a lifting crew

The basic principles of crane operations

Common lifting appliances and lifting accessories

The difference between SWL and WLL of lifting equipment

Classification of lifts i.e. routine and non-routine (simple, complicated, complex)

The permit to work system as it applies to lifting operations

Lifting of personnel by crane for work and transfer purposes

Weight identification and estimation of the load

Deciding when tag lines need to be used and their safe use

Planning, walking through and allowing for sufficient headroom along the route

Determining the load bearing capabilities of the lay down area

Conducting pre-use checks of lifting appliances and accessories

Correct positioning of personnel involved in lifting operations

Erecting signs and barriers or posting sentries

Conducting post-use checks of lifting appliances and accessories

Storage procedures for packing materials, lifting appliances and accessories

The disposal of any waste in relation to legislation and procedures