OPITO Banksman and Slinger Stage 1

Module 1 INTRODUCTION TO LIFTING OPERATIONS

To successfully complete this module, delegates must be able to explain:

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

 

Module 2 THE BANKSMAN’S ROLE

To successfully complete this module, delegates must be able to explain:

  • The importance of the Banksman’s role
  • Checking the cargo manifest and reviewing the load
  • Checking the load for dropped objects
  • Checking the balance and security of the load
  • Difficulties that might occur during the lifting and moving operations
  • The need for high visibility vests
  • The need for communicating hand signals clearly
  • What is meant by ‘line of sight’ and a ‘blind lift’
  • The hand signal for ‘emergency stop’
  • Establishing and using two-way radio communications

 

Module3 SLINGING OPERATIONS

To successfully complete this module, delegates must be able to explain:

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

 

Module 4 PRACTICAL EXERCISES

To successfully complete this module, delegates must be able to demonstrate:

  • The selection and use of correct PPE
  • The use of hand signals and radio communications
  • The Banksman’s role in a simple pre - slung lift
  • How to prepare a standard load which requires a single leg sling
  • How to prepare a standard load which requires more than one sling
  • The Slinger’s role during a free access lift, a restricted access lift, a blind lift and a lift with a load with an offset centre of gravity utilising the following loads: single tubulars (pipes)/ bundled tubulars, a cargo carrying unit & scaffold tubes and boards

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