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(A40) – Slinger, Signaller
Slinger courses can also be known as “slinger banksman courses”; in the context of this specific qualification, the banksman element relates to being in charge of the movements of plant machinery such as a tower crane, from the point of loading and unloading using safe systems of communication with the crane driver.
The A40 slinger signaller training course is split into 5 separate qualifications, each available as a separate course. These are:
- A40A: Slinger Signaller for all machines, including pick and carry duties
- A40B: Slinger Signaller for static cranes only
- A40C: Slinger Signaller for Lorry Loaders only
- A40D: Slinger Signaller for 360 Excavators only
- A40E: Slinger Signaller for Telehandlers only
Novice Training – 4 Days
Experienced Operators (Training covering Theory & Practical) – 2 Days
Experienced Operators Test Only (No Training) – 1 Day
Crane drivers do not always have clear visibility of the loading area, especially when tower cranes are employed, and slinger banksman training aims to teach those in control of operations involving such machinery, to ensure that no accidents or injuries happen. The terms “banksman” refers to the individual who directs the operation from the point near where loads are both attached and detached.
Course content varies depending on the qualification chosen for specific machinery and level of experience of the operator (as to whether they have selected a Foundation or Experienced Worker course).
- A typical foundation A40 slinger signaller course is an ideal entry point into the industry and would always include both theoretical and practical training to ensure safe working conditions for all operators.
- A typical experienced worker course would include only the theoretical aspects of training.
Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of the following items prior to any CPCS, CSR or NPORS testing.
- Safety procedures
- Machine operation for all normal tasks
- How to calculate weights and sizes of loads and how to inform the plant operator of these findings
- Understanding the effects of load size, weight, gradients and ground conditions upon machine stability
- Routine servicing and maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
- How to select, use and maintain the appropriate lifting tackle for a job,
- Clear and accepted signals for moving a load
- Individual job responsibilities