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Banksman and Slinger Training

OPITO Accredited Training Center 

OPITO Banksman & Slinger Training (Stage 1 & 2) Course Details

OPITO Banksman & Slinger course will train delegates in the principles of banking a crane using hand and radio signals, in the correct slinging of different types of loads, and in the safety precautions to be taken whilst working with cranes. The course is a mix of theoretical and practical sessions, during which delegates will be required to demonstrate their level of knowledge and understanding of the training programme content

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Course Objective

At the end of this Banksman and Slinger training, participants shall have knowledge of:

  • Provide personnel, who have little or no experience of the Banksman & Slinger role, with the basic knowledge of activities associated with the combined roles, and the safety and regulatory requirements of those activities.
  • Allow the delegate to demonstrate basic Banksman & Slinger practical skills following instruction and demonstration by the training staff.
  • Prepare the delegates for the next stage of the progression path to becoming a competent banksman & slinger i.e. Stage 2: supervised workplace experience.
Banksman and Slinger Training Course Outline

    Unit 1 - Introduction to Lifting Operations

  • Regulations and safety issues
  • Principles for Selection of Lifting Equipment
  • Introduction to Lifting Roles & Equipment
  • How to prepare for the Lift
  • How to carry out the Lift
  • Restoring the Work Area
  • Unit 2 - The Banksman’s Role

  • Banksman duties
  • Communications and visibility
  • Unit 3 - Slinging Operations

  • Principles of slinging
  • Unit 4 - Practical Exercises

  • The role of the Banksman & Slingers in a planned lift


An OPITO approved certificate will be issued upon successful course completion.

Target Audience

For personnel wishing to become competent in the Banksman & Slinger role in the oil and gas industry, all personnel who are involved in banking and slinging for cranes offshore and for those who supervise such work.

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