Rigger, Slinger & Banksman – Stage 1,2,3 & 4

Rigger Slinger Banksman


Our five-day Combined course to Rigging, Slinging & Banksman brings together two three-day courses, letting delegates save one day off their training. The lifting operations training is for personnel who supervise or are directly involved in rigging and lifting operations, including crane lifting. Practical exercises provide ample opportunity to demonstrate the safe and correct use of equipment. This course is aimed to provide candidates with the required knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation and provide them with the skills and techniques use during lifting operations and the correct and safe use of equipment. Stage 2 Logbook is issued along with Stage 1 course certificate.

Target Audience

Personnel with a responsibility to carry out rigging and lifting operations and crane lifting operations. The is also beneficial to personnel such as supervisors and HSE advisors with a responsibility for proper planning and appropriate supervision of listing operations and persons with a responsibility for issue and control of lifting equipment and accessories.

Course Content


MODULE 1 – The role of the Rigger and an Introduction to Lifting Operations

1. Explain the role and responsibilities of a rigger
2. Identify typical installation/site responsible roles
3. Identify and briefly explain typical roles involved in lifting operations.
4. Describe a typical reporting structure for the rigger
5. List the main health and safety legislation that applies to the rigger
6. Explain the relevant parts of Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
7. Explain the relevant parts of and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
8. Explain key control-of-work documents and their purpose
9. Identify and list typical hazards associated with rigging and lifting activities
10. Explain correct and safe manual handling techniques
11. Explain how to check that there is adequate access, space and lighting within designated work area
12. Identify the various types of personal protective equipment (PPE) the Rigger would typically use.

MODULE 2 – Rigging and Lifting Operations

13. Explain common rigging terminology
14. Identify which types of lifting equipment to use for different lifting activities, explain their purpose and
how to use the equipment
15. Identify which types of lifting accessories to use for different lifting activities, explain their purpose and
how to use the accessories
16. Explain sling angles and sling tension
17. Explain the purpose of inspections and ‘thorough’ examinations
18. Explain the load characteristics that affect complexity
19. Explain the purpose of a risk assessment
20. Explain the purpose of a lifting plan and how to interpret information from a lifting plan
21. Identify key criteria of a lifting plan
22. Conduct a lifting operation working from, and conforming to detailed criteria contained within a lifting plan
23. Correctly and safely position and install lifting equipment prior to starting the lifting operation.
24. Explain reasons for informing all relevant parties of impending and ongoing lifting operation
25. Explain how adverse environmental factors could affect the safety of the lifting operation
26. Explain how to use identification tags, colour codes to establish SWL and WLL of lifting equipment.
27. Explain and demonstrate load weight identification and methods to determine the weight of the load
28. Explain how to identify the safe positioning of personal involved in lifting operations, and identify and
establish escape routes from the work area.
29. Explain the benefit of trial lifting of the load
30. Explain how to establish load-bearing capabilities of structures and lay-down areas on the planned route.
31. Explain and demonstrate best communication methods and protocols prior to, and during lifting activities.
32. Explain and demonstrate how to conduct lifting equipment pre-use and post-use inspections.
33. Demonstrate progressively ‘inching’ up the load to check the balance and security of the load
34. Demonstrate cross hauling and transferring loads
35. Demonstrate rigging up unbalanced loads (loads with an offset centre of gravity)
36. Demonstrate rigging up and lifting loads where there is restricted access to the load and load route path.
37. Demonstrate safe body and hand positions during the rigging and lifting operation
38. Demonstrate repositioning of lifting equipment during a cross hauling operation
39. Demonstrate moving the load at minimum height necessary to avoid obstacles, locating and lowering the
load to its planned location and position.
40. Demonstrate safe methods of disconnecting the load from the lifting equipment
41. Explain and demonstrate how to de-rig, store lifting equipment after use and record any damage.
42. Explain and demonstrate the procedures to follow if lifting equipment or the load is discovered damaged.
43. Explain the reasons for ensuring the worksite is left in a clean and tidy condition
44. Explain how waste from the lifting operation is disposed of according to relevant legislation / procedures.



(1) Lifting Equipment and Lifting Operations Regulations – relevant the Banksman & Slinger role
(2) Documentation and regulations that apply to lifting activities
(3) Why it is important to plan lifting activities
(4) Hazards associated with lifting operations and the appropriate control measures
(5) The roles and duties of personnel in a lifting crew
(6) The basic principles of crane operations
(7) Common lifting appliances and lifting accessories
(8) The difference between SWL and WLL of lifting equipment
(9) Classification of lifts i.e. routine and non-routine (simple, complicated, complex)
(10) A typical permit-to-work system as it applies to lifting operations
(11) Lifting of personnel by crane for work and transfer purposes
(12) Weight identification and estimation of the load
(13) Deciding when tag lines need to be used and their safe use
(14) Planning, walking through and allowing for sufficient headroom along the route
(15) Determining the load bearing capabilities of the lay down area
(16) Conducting pre-use checks of lifting appliances and accessories
(17) Correct positioning of personnel involved in lifting operations
(18) Erecting signs and barriers or posting sentries
(19) Conducting post-use checks of lifting appliances and accessories
(20) Storage procedures for packing materials, lifting appliances and accessories
(21) The disposal of any waste in relation to legislation and procedures


(22) The importance of the Banksman’s role
(23) Checking the cargo manifest and reviewing the load
(24) Checking the load for dropped objects
(25) Checking the balance and security of the load
(26) Difficulties that might occur during the lifting and moving operations
(27) The need for high visibility vests
(28) The need for communicating hand signals clearly
(29) What is meant by ‘line of sight’ and a ‘blind lift’
(30) The hand signal for ‘emergency stop’
(31) Establishing and using two way radio communications


(32) Different types of slings and sling identification markings
(33) Principles of sling angles and tensions
(34) Using appropriate lifting accessories
(35) Attaching slings to ensure a safe and even weight distribution
(36) Protecting slings from damage
(37) Securing the cargo within a container/half height using ratchet straps
(38) Unhooking and removing slings and disconnection of lifting equipment


(39) The selection and use of correct PPE
(40) The use of hand signals and radio communications
(41) The Banksman’s role in a simple pre-slung lift
(42) How to prepare a standard load which requires a single leg sling
(43) How to prepare a standard load which requires more than one sling
(44) The slinger’s role during a free access lift, a restricted access lift, a single tubular lift, a bundled tubularlift, a load with an offset centre of gravity, a lift with a cargo carrying unit and a blind lift
(45) The Banksman’s role during a free access lift, a restricted access lift, a single tubular lift, a bundled tubular lift, a lift with an offset centre of gravity, a lift with a cargo carrying unit and a blind lift varying the use of hand signals and radio communications.

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CourseFee INRDurationCourse TimingDate CommenceRemarks
Rigger Stage 1 & 28,0003 days 10:00-18:00Monday Practical Exercises
Banksman & Slinger 1 & 28,0003 days10:00-18:00ThursdayPractical Exercises
Rigger Stage 3 or 46,0001 day10:00-18:00MondayPractical Exercises
Banksman & Slinger Stage 3 or 46,0001 day10:00-18:00ThursdayPractical Exercises
Rigger, Slinger & Banksman Stage 1 & 212,0005 days10:00-18:00MondayPractical Exercises
Rigger, Slinger & Banksman Stage 3 or 410,0002 days10:00-18:00Friday
Practical Exercises