Banksman and Slinger Training Stage 1

Course Overview

The course provides information on the safe and correct use of lifting equipment and accessories and best practice to promote a safer environment for persons involved. The course is to OPITO-approved standards.

Course Structure

The course is a mix of theory and practical with a bias towards practical exercises. Delegates are evaluated by means of an examination.

Course Content

The syllabus designed to ensure that on completion of training the delegates will be able to:

  • Identify common unsafe practices and probable consequences
  • Understand lift planning
  • Relate to crane lifting related incidents
  • Understand relevant legislation applicable to lifting operations
  • Understand basic functions of a crane
  • Understand crane hand and radio signals
  • Understand lifting operation risk assessment
  • Understand responsibilities of a banksman/slinger
  • Understand safe and correct methods of slinging loads, correct use and care of equipment (includes pre-use examination of equipment and identification of defects)

Course Duration

3 days.



Target Audience

Personnel wishing to be involved with the slinging of loads and signalling of cranes. It is also beneficial to offshore line management and other personnel with a responsibility for safe crane lifting operations.


An OPITO-approved certificate will be issued on successful completion of the course.


Stage 1 certificate is valid for two years, during which time the Stage 2 logbook must be completed.


Held at Petrofac training Services, Forties Road, Montrose.

Items to bring

PPE - safety boots, coveralls, gloves, warm/wet weather clothing and hard hat. Photographic ID.


All delegates will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire prior to course commencement.


Course run fortnightly.

Requisite training for

Crane Op, Welder, Driller, Assist Driller, Derrickman, Floorman, Electrician, Mechanic, Barge Engineer, HSE Tech



Forties Road Industrial Estate

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