CPCS A40 Slinger Signaller Training
Slinger Signaller Training Course Outline
The slinger signaller is responsible for connecting lifting accessories (lifting gear) to the hook of lifting equipment (crane) and for providing instructions in the forms of signals or verbal communication to the crane operator. This is while guiding a travelling load from the lifting point to the landing point, or a part of the total distance required.
The main equipment a slinger/signaller will work with in the construction sites is tower or mobile-type cranes (including crawlers) which are equipped with a hook block suspended from hoist ropes and can slew through 360 degrees.
A40 CPCS slinger signaller:
We offer slinger signaller training courses for novices and semi-experienced candidates. We also offer CPCS tests for experienced operatives. CPCS and CITB recommend a minimum 3-day course for novices. Semi-experienced training duration can vary dependant on the amount of previous experience that the slinger has. Operator testing is for operators that need no further training.
Generally we recommend A40 CPCS slinger signaller training; as this is the most widely accepted scheme in the construction industry, offering the operator better work opportunities. NPORS is accepted on some construction sites, however at present we would recommend A40 CPCS slinger signaller training and testing.
A40 CPCS slinger signaller is broken down to a number of endorsements as follows:
- A40B CPCS slinger signaller – All types static duties
- A40C CPCS slinger signaller – Knuckle boom static only
- A40D CPCS slinger signaller – Excavator only
- A40E CPCS slinger signaller – Lift truck only
A40 CPCS slinger signaller training prepares the slinger for both the theory and practical test. Candidates achieving the required standards will be awarded the category and endorsement they take the test on.
Slinger Signaller Course Content
An A40 CPCS slinger signaller training course covers:
- Health and Safety At Work Act 1974
- (PUWER) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
- (LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
- Different types of slings and lifting accessories
- Basic construction
- The purpose and use of all lifting accessories
- How to comply with manufacturer instructions in accordance with capacity charts and lifting plans etc.
- Checking the lifting accessories are serviceable and stable for safe operation prior to use
- Pre-use inspections
- Correct signals
- Selection of the correct lifting accessories
- Correct application of lifting accessories
- The limitations of the lifting equipment
- The risks from proximity hazards
- How to lift carry and place loads safely
- Slinging even size shape loads (balanced)
- Slinging uneven size shape load (unbalanced)
- Slinging a multi-item lift (bundled)
- Signal the lifting equipment operator by hand and radio
- Recognising and responding to given instructions
- How to keep within safe working parameters of the slinger signaller and lifting equipment
- Placing the lifting accessories in an out-of-service condition, and securing the equipment
- Limitations of use when using the lifting equipment and accessories
The A40 slinger signaller training course provides the candidate with the skills and knowledge they require to successfully achieve the standards set in the A40 slinger signaller test.
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On completion of CPCS A40 slinger signaller training; the candidate will be able to:
- Demonstrate a good understanding of the regulations that apply to the selection and use of lifting accessories
- Carry out a full pre-start/shift check on the lifting accessories and record their findings
- Select the correct lifting accessories for a given lift
- Check the capacity or the lifting accessories are being used to manufacturer instructions/lifting charts
- Carry out a risk assessment.
- Sling and lift an even size shape loads (balanced) safely
- Sling and life an uneven size shape load (unbalanced) safely
- Sling and lift a multi-item lift (bundled) safely
- Deliver accurate signals by hand and radio to the lifting equipment operator
- Use a tag line when required
- Keep within safe working parameters when using slinging and signaller methods
- Place the lifting accessories in and out-of-service condition
- Understand the limitations and use of lifting accessories when acting as a slinger signaller
- Report any problems or defects
At the end of the A40 slinger signaller training course the candidate should be able to achieve the required standards of the cpcs theory and practical test. If the candidate achieves the required standards of the cpcs test a cpcs red card will be awarded.
Health & Safety
Before you can take a CPCS test of any kind – you must have completed a health and safety touchscreen test within the past 2 years. If you haven’t done so, you can book a test using the telephone service on 0344 994 4488.
Health and Safety At Work Act 1974
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
Operators, supervisors and managers will have a good understanding of the regulations that apply to the safe operation and use of lifting equipment, accessories and signals used for which the slinger signaller is trained. Additionally, they will understand inspections and the need to keep a record of the checks carried out by the slinger signaller and how to use lifting accessories to manufacturer instructions/recommendations.