How to Become a Slinger Signaller

How to Become a Slinger Signaller

Slinger Signallers provide safe direction to the crane operators

The slinger signaller has a vital role to play on a construction site, providing essential safety directions and supervising lifts. The slinger signaller works closely with and alongside lifting teams.

This is a highly responsible job, since the slinger signaller is acting as the eyes and ears of the crane operator. To become a slinger signaller, you need to take the necessary slinger signaller training course.

Site managers, contractors and other employers will require you to meet stringent health and safety standards. Although a slinger signaller course is not compulsory, for all practical purposes, you will need to show proof of training for someone to employ you in this role on a site.

How Much Does a Slinger Signaller Earn?

The average salary for a slinger signaller is a little over £31,000 a year, according to current statistics. But salaries will vary, with the nationally advertised average above this figure.

Most slinger signaller jobs are in trade and construction, logistics and warehousing.

What Qualifications Does a Slinger Signaller Need?

There are several accredited training options for someone wanting to become a Slinger/Signaller. The most popular ones are the CPCS Slinger Signaller course and NPORS Slinger Signaller course.

By taking an accredited course, you will be able to demonstrate to prospective employers that you have the necessary skills for the job.

Construction sites must make sure that their workers follow HSE guidelines for handling and operating equipment safely, and this applies to the slinger signaller role too.

Therefore, the basic qualification you will require to work as a slinger signaller is the Red trained Operator Card or in-house Certification.

You may also wish to consider obtaining a relevant NVQ, which is the Level 2 NVQ in Controlling Lifting Operations – Slinger Signaller.

It also means you can qualify for a Blue Competent Operator card.

Before you take either a CPCS or NPORS accredited slinger signaller course, you will need to have passed the HS&E (Health, Safety and Environment) test for Operatives within the past two years.

This course ensures that you meet a minimum level of health, safety and environmental awareness before you work on a live construction site.

What Will You Learn on a Slinger Signaller Course?

The slinger signaller must be able to direct a crane operator, who is likely to have an obstructed view of their surroundings, so they need a slinger signaller to communicate via a series of hand signals to assist with manoeuvres.

The Level 2 NVQ in Controlling Lifting Operations – Slinger/Signaller covers the following topics:

  • How to attach and prepare suspended loads for movement
  • Guiding, positioning and placing these loads
  • How to conform to general workplace health, safety and welfare
  • Following productive workplace practices.

The slinger signaller uses special, precise hand signals, which the crane operator can understand easily and clearly. The standard hand signals follow BS 7121 code of practice for the safe use of cranes.

On a CPCS Slinger/Signaller A40 course or NPORS Slinger/Signaller N402 course, you will learn what these safety signs and signals are.

A slinger signaller may also need to use other methods of communication, depending on site conditions and circumstances. Where poor weather conditions affect visibility, they can use high visibility gloves or batons when making signals.

They will also be using two-way radios frequently to communicate with crane operators and other people on the construction site.

Slinger signallers must check various types of lifting equipment, such as slings and hooks. It is vital that they inspect this equipment for any damage before operations can commence.

Without these essential checks, injuries, or even fatalities, could occur if an operation goes wrong due to faulty or damaged lifting accessories.

A course will give you a thorough grounding and understanding in all aspects of the slinger signaller role, including:

  • The correct hand signals for communication, that have been approved and pre-arranged
  • Relevant regulations affecting the slinger signaller job role
  • The legal responsibilities of a slinger signaller
  • Operational requirements of lifting tasks
  • Equipment features and how to use the equipment safely
  • Checking lifting equipment
  • Correct manoeuvring procedures
  • What the main causes of accidents are
  • How to prevent these accidents.

The course objectives are to deliver a level of training to candidates that will give them the accreditation they need to then get a job in this role.

Why is Slinger Signaller Training Important?

Even though slinger signallers do not operate the equipment, they require the right training to ensure that they can perform their role to high professional standards, because they have a responsible role supporting the lifting equipment operator.

Slinger/signallers must have excellent observation skills and concentration, and they need to have a proper understanding of all health, safety and environmental issues connected with their role and their place of work.

Without the support and guidance of the slinger signaller, the crane operator cannot perform their role safely, because they will not have a full view of everything around them.

When the crane operator has obstructed views, this has the potential to compromise general site safety, and increases the risks involved in loading and lifting.

The safety of others, therefore, rests on the actions of the slinger signaller.

Employers and co-workers value this role highly, because of high levels of risk it involves, and its central importance in ensuring site safety.

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