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

Rigger Slinger Banksman

Purpose

Our five-day Combined course to Rigger, Slinger & 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. Rigger Slinger Banksman

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. Rigger Slinger Banksman

Course Content

 
Stage 1: The Initial Training Program

RIGGER Stage-1

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

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 Rigger Slinger Banksman

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.

BANKSMAN & SLINGER Stage-1 

Module 1 – INTRODUCTION TO LIFTING OPERATIONS

(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

Module 2 – THE BANKSMAN’S ROLE

(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

Module 3 – SLINGING OPERATIONS

(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

Module 4 – PRACTICAL EXERCISES

(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.

Stage 2: Supervised workplace experience

When Candidate comes for Stage-1, along with the course certificate Stage-2 Logbook is provided. Log book consists of list of task to be performed by the candidate while he is at work. Completion of the logbook is completion of Stage-2. Once the logbook task is complete, candidate can approach for the competency test, that is Stage-3.

Stage 3: The formal assessment of the candidate
 
Rigger Stage-3 Competency:

Plan and prepare for lifting and moving of loads

Performance Criteria: Rigger Slinger Banksman

  1. Identify potential hazards associated with the lifting operation
  2. Implement control measures to address the identified hazards
  3. Plan the route for lifting and moving the load to minimise any risk to personnel and surroundings
  4. Ensure the load is accurately assessed for approximate weight, incorporating an adequate safety factor
  5. Communicate, discuss and ensure understanding of the prepared lifting plan and risk assessment with the lifting team
  6. Communicate, discuss and agree with appropriate personnel, actions to take related to the lifting operation in the event of an emgcy
  7. Inform the relevant personnel of the lifting operation and identify any potential disruption to operations
  8. Obtain the resources identified in the lifting plan required to move the load, following relevant rigging loft procedures.
  9. Ensure the lifting equipment and lifting accessories are free of obvious defects, and certification is current
  10. Carry out pre-use inspection of lifting equipment and lifting accessories
  11. Prepare the load according to specified requirements of the lifting plan
  12. Protect the load from possible damage during the lifting operation
  13. Attach the lifting accessories to the load using industry best practice
  14. Determine the centre of gravity of a load that has an offset centre of gravity
  15. Install and position the lifting equipment for balanced weight distribution
  16. Ensure appropriate barriers are installed at appropriate areas.

Knowledge and Understanding Criteria: Rigger Slinger Banksman

  1. The employer’s responsibilities under Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
  2. The hazards associated with a lifting operation
  3. The purpose of a risk assessment and lifting plan
  4. The approved procedures and practices in the context of the operations, the work activity and the workplace
  5. How to determine the weight of loads
  6. The relevant roles of personnel involved in lifting operations, and typical reporting lines
  7. How to identify areas near the load where it is unsafe to stand
  8. Load movement route planning methods and techniques
  9. Areas of the installation/site which need special consideration if a load needs to be landed near or passes close to those areas
  10. Rigging principles, SWL, WLL and angles of lift
  11. Why lifting equipment and lifting accessories are marked e.g. SWL and WLL
  12. Pre-use inspections of lifting equipment and lifting accessories
  13. Considerations to ensure load stability, security and weight distribution
  14. The types of faults that are possible with lifting equipment and lifting accessories
  15. The key information to be included in handovers during lifting operations
  16. Types of lifting accessories
  17. The purpose of a rigging loft and the quarantine system
  18. How to take into account dynamic factors.

Lifting, moving, lowering and landing of a load

Performance Criteria: Rigger Slinger Banksman

  1. Give clear instructions to the lifting team before and during the moving of the load
  2. Use the identified method of communications derived from the risk assessment, lifting plan and permit-to-work, and comply with signalling protocols agreed within the lifting team, or company-specific protocols
  3. Progressively apply force/tension to the load via the attached lifting equipment, until the weight of the load is fully taken up
  4. Confirm the load security before raising to the minimum height required for moving
  5. Maintain load security and stability throughout transportation of the load
  6. Take adequate precautions to maintain the safety of personnel and surroundings during the moving of the load
  7. Correctly position the load in the intended location and progressively remove the lifting equipment force/tension, safely disconnect the load from the lifting equipment and remove the lifting accessories
  8. Work effectively as part of a team
  9. Comply with relevant health and safety legislation and guidelines at all times.

Knowledge and Understanding Criteria:

  1. The capabilities and limitations of lifting equipment and lifting accessories
  2. What to do when the lifting/rigging operation requires a deviation from the lifting plan (this must be ascertained by the assessor during the assessment at the lift site)
  3. Post-use inspections on lifting equipment and lifting accessories
  4. How to identify and report defective lifting equipment, lifting accessories and associated materials
  5. How to correctly store various items of lifting equipment and lifting accessories
  6. How to restore the worksite and return lifting equipment and lifting accessories to the required location
  7. How to conduct post-work debriefings.
Banksman & Slinger Stage-3 Competency:

Direct and Control the Movement and Placement of Loads – (In Banksman’s Role)

Performance Criteria: Rigger Slinger Banksman

  1. Implementing the load-moving procedures effectively from the competent person’s lifting plan and risk assessment
  2. Discussing the lift with relevant personnel at a team briefing (TBT)
  3. Confirming the weight of the load
  4. An understanding of the procedure to follow in the event of a general platform alarm
  5. An understanding of the company procedure for environmental conditions and the limits allowed
  6. Confirming signalling and communication methods with relevant personnel
  7. Checking the load rating and size of the lay down area
  8. Awareness of permanent obstructions within the crane reach and working area
  9. Installing barriers effectively to keep the lifting area clear
  10. Visually checking the load and the lifting equipment
  11. Checking that the pick up and lay down areas have effective exits, unobstructed access and escape routes
  12. Ensuring the slinger has the correct lifting accessories for the load and pre-use checks have been carried out
  13. Ensuring that personnel are in safe positions
  14. Giving the signal to lift, minimally at first, to test stability
  15. Establishing and maintaining effective communications with the crane operator, slingers, and if appropriate the supply vessel
  16. Accurately directing the load to its destination, using agreed communications
  17. Maintaining an awareness of ongoing or adjacent activities that may affect crane operations
  18. Monitoring the support and balance of the slung load during travel.
  19. Positioning and giving the signal for the crane operator to set down the load and relax the sling(s)
  20. Effectively handing over the lift to the load handlers/slingers for them to remove the lifting equipment

Knowledge and Understanding Criteria:

  1. The Banksman’s responsibilities under the Health and Safety Statutory requirements
  2. The approved procedures and practices in the context of the operations, the work activity and the workplace
  3. How to interpret instructions for the movement of loads
  4. How to establish the weight of loads
  5. The relevant personnel involved in the activity and reporting lines and procedures
  6. Unsafe areas to stand near the load
  7. The methods used for signalling and communication
  8. The emergency stop signal that can be given by anyone to the crane operator
  9. Route planning methods and techniques
  10. The reasons for wearing high-visibility clothing
  11. Why it is important that the hook is above the load’s centre of gravity
  12. The additional considerations required for following non-standard lifts such as heavy lifts, longs loads and blind lifts
  13. The necessary considerations for working with cranes in adverse weather conditions
  14. Areas of the site/ installation which need special consideration if a load needs to be landed near or passed close to those areas

Prepare and Sling Loads – (In Slinger’s Role) 

Performance Criteria:

  1. Reviewing ‘Implement Load-Moving’ procedures from the competent person’s lifting plan and risk assessment
  2. Discussing the lift with relevant personnel at a TBT
  3. Using relevant information and instruction to accurately identify the weight of the load to be moved
  4. Choosing the slinging technique appropriate to the characteristics of the load and the intended lift
  5. Checking the condition of the load so that it is fit to be lifted
  6. Checking for potential dropped objects on the load
  7. Checking that the load is free to be moved
  8. Selecting lifting accessories and confirm that they are suitable for the load
  9. Conducting pre-use checks of the lifting accessories
  10. Securing the cargo within a container/half height using ratchet straps
  11. Preparing and slinging loads appropriate to the slinging technique chosen
  12. Attaching tag lines to the load, if required
  13. Effectively handing over the load to the Banksman when the load is ready to be lifted
  14. Keeping hold of the tag lines during the lift under direction from the Banksman – if tag lines have been used
  15. Approaching the load in its final destination when signalled by the Banksman
  16. Releasing the load and carry out post-use checks
  17. Storing slings and lifting accessories
  18. Disposing of wastes in accordance with site/installation procedures.

Knowledge and Understanding Criteria: 

  1. The Slinger’s responsibilities under the Health and Safety Statutory requirements
  2. The approved procedures and practices in the context of the operations, the work activity and the workplace
  3. How to interpret instructions for the movement of loads
  4. How to establish the weight of loads
  5. The relevant personnel involved in the activity and reporting lines and procedures
  6. Unsafe areas to stand near the load
  7. SWL, WLL and sling angles
  8. The colour coding and marking systems for lifting equipment and accessories, and why they are used
  9. Considerations to ensure load stability, security and correct weight distribution
  10. How information on the load characteristics (e.g. hazardous and non-hazardous) should be communicated
  11. How to use lifting accessories within their capabilities
  12. The types of faults that are possible with lifting accessories
  13. How to secure the cargo within container/half height using ratchet straps
  14. How to handover effectively during lifting operations
  15. That the emergency stop signal can be given by anyone to the crane operator
  16. How to check slings after use
  17. How to coil and store reusable slings after use
  18. The reporting structure for identifying unusable lifting equipment and materials
  19. The purpose of a rigging loft and quarantine
  20. How to correctly store various types of lifting equipment and accessories
  21. Appropriate locations and environmentally sound techniques for disposing of waste materials
Stage 4: Re-assessment of competence
 
Stage-4 has same syllabus as Stage-3 and is given after expiry of Stage-3.
 
That is to say: 

Stage 1 – Trainee Rigger / Banksman

Stage – 3 – Certified Rigger / Banksman (Competency Test)

Stage – 4 – Certified and Experienced Rigger / Banksman – Also termed as Rigging Supervisor

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