A Banksman and Slinger course is for personnel who work on sites where lifting operations is part of the job. The Banksman and Slinger must make sure that crane and slinging operations are performed safely.
RelyOn Nutec’s OPITO approved Banksman and Slinger course for stage 1 delegates provides the basic knowledge of the lifting and slinging operations in the offshore industry. It is an entry-level course for those who are new to lifting operations or have not yet had any formal or theoretical or operational training.
Personnel attending this training and assessment programme are introduced to various demonstrations of lifting and slinging. The training aims to familiarise you with all the fundamental elements of lifting and slinging. All presentations are followed by practical exercises, which will allow delegates to demonstrate their skills and be individually evaluated by an experienced instructor.
During the course, delegates are educated in the following topics.
To finish the course delegates have to pass a theoretical test and have participated in several live lifts. Ultimately, the student is issued with an OPITO approved Banksman & Slinger Operations (stage 1) certificate, which is valid for two years.
After being certified for stage 1 Banksman and Slinger the next step is stage 2, which is supervised workplace experience. In stage 2, the candidate records a complete list of prescribed lifting tasks in a logbook. The log serves as proof that the candidate, under supervision of experienced lifting operators, is progressing and ultimately becomes ready to advance to Banksman and slinger stages 3 and 4. This process must be completed within two years.
A fully completed logbook is a prerequisite for Banksman stage 3, where they will have their competency assessed by qualified assessors.
Stage 4 is for personnel, who after two years, need to have their competency reassessed.
Employees with no Banksman certificate can apply for stage 3 assessment provided that they can verify lifting operational experience that equals the lifts to be conducted in the stage 2 logbook.
The term Banksman is primarily used in Irish and British civil engineering. The title Banksman varies slightly depending on where you are in the world. Spotter and Dogman are other standard terms, but they describe the same role: the person on the ground who in cooperation with the crane operator handle the lifting operation. The banksman is the crane operator's eyes on the ground from the point of loading and unloading.
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