Frequently Asked Questions on Slinger Signaller Training Course

FAQs on Slinger Signaller Training Course

The slinger signaller training course provides critical training for attendees who want to become accredited slinger signallers, working on construction sites.

The slinger signaller performs a vital role in construction, supporting the safe operation of lifting equipment, while working alongside construction teams.

Their tasks involve selecting the correct lifting accessories for the given load and making a series of approved, pre-arranged hand signals to the lifting equipment operator during operations.

To work as a slinger signaller, you must be able to demonstrate your level of competency, which will ensure that the construction site employing you is fully compliant with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines.

Having accredited certification from completing a slinger/signaller course gives contractors the confidence and reassurance to hire you.

Check out the commonly asked questions and answers related to the slinger/signaller training course.

What is a slinger signaller?

A slinger signaller position is an essential role on construction sites. A Slinger Signaller acts as the eyes and ears of the person operating the crane.

The main responsibility of slinger/signallers is to communicate with the Crane Operator using a series of hand signals or two-way radios to help the operator to manoeuvre the crane in a safe and efficient way.

Slinger signallers make sure that lifting equipment operations are carried out safely and effectively because the operator’s view is frequently obstructed or restricted around them.

What does a slinger signaller do?

The signals the slinger signaller uses are standard and comply with BS 1721 code of practice for the safe use of mobile cranes, and with Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.

This includes standard hand signals for starting, stopping, raising and lowering loads.

The slinger signaller can also give the lifting equipment operator a clear indication of distances, as well as providing warnings of dangers and hazard.

The slinger signaller may also use two-way radio contact with lifting equipment operators in what is called a blind lift, this is were the lifting equipment operator can not see the landing point of the load.

The slinger signaller has the authority to suspend crane operations if conditions will not allow for safe practices

How do I become a slinger signaller?

To become a slinger signaller you must undergo training that teaches you the standard signs, different types of lifting accessory, weight estimation and centre of gravity of loads.

The slinger/signaller training course teaches delegates the essential health and safety requirements, regulations and legal responsibilities that the job involves.

By taking an accredited slinger/signaller course, you will be able to demonstrate to employers that you have trained in the necessary skill levels to perform this important role safely and effectively, to professional standards.

How can a qualification or card benefit a slinger signaller?

A recognised, accredited qualification or card is an official recognition of the skills you have obtained.

Construction sites must ensure all workers follow HSE guidelines regarding the safe use of equipment.

An accredited qualification or card will demonstrate this to an employer. Without one, you will be unable to work as a slinger signaller.

What is a slinger signaller training course?

A slinger signaller training course is a specially designed training course that will give you the skills you need to become a slinger signaller.

The course will train you in the following:

  • Relevant regulations affecting the job role
  • Your legal responsibilities as a slinger signaller
  • Operational requirements for lifting equipment when carrying out lifting tasks
  • Identifying different lifting accessories
  • How to safely sling a load
  • Features of the equipment and machinery involved
  • How to use this equipment and machinery safely
  • Correct procedures for manoeuvring the equipment
  • Main causes of accidents and how you can prevent them
  • Approved hand signals for communication with lifting equipment operators

Who is the accrediting body for the slinger/signaller course?

There are two main accrediting bodies for the slinger signaller training course:

  • CPCS, Construction Plant Competence Scheme.
  • NPORS, National Plant Operators Registration Scheme.

In addition to these accredited courses, SB Skills runs in-house courses to match specific business operational needs.

What qualifications does a slinger signaller course provide?

The awarding bodies each provide a card or certification that qualifies you as a slinger signaller:

  • CPCS, NPORS – Red Trained Operator card

Once you have the right accreditation, you can apply for jobs as a slinger signaller.

What skill level do I need to attend the course?

Attendees must also have successfully passed the Health, Safety and Environment test for Operatives (HS&E test) within the past two years.

What is the duration of a slinger/signaller course?

Slinger signaller training courses last between two and four days, depending on the experience of attendees.

How much is a slinger signaller course?

£995.00 plus VAT per person.

How long is a slinger signaller qualification valid for?

The CPCS Red Trained Operator card & NPORS card is valid for two years for successful attendees without an NVQ. They must then register and complete an NVQ within these two years to gain a five-year card.

Attendees who already have an NVQ will receive a card valid for five years

Who should attend the slinger/signaller course?

Trainees and operators who are wanting to become a slinger/signaller would highly benefit from attending this training course. Candidates of all levels of ability and knowledge can attend these courses.

SB Skills Solutions Ltd offering a number of accredited training courses to employers and individuals in the construction and warehousing industries throughout North West England. Contact us to discuss your requirements, we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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