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Differences between a Banksman and Slinger Signaller

Tuba Tasneem

March 07, 2023

Read time : 20 mins


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Who Is A Banksman Who Is Slinger Signaller Similarities Difference How To Become A Banksman How To Become A Signaller

Who is a Banksman?

A banksman, also known as a traffic marshal, directs and supervises vehicles like excavators, bulldozers, cranes, and dump trucks used on construction sites to carry personnel and building materials. Marshals ensure the safe guidance of the vehicles and the people as it drives around the building site.

On a construction site, a banksman works with plant operators and vehicle drivers to design safe traffic arrangements, communicate correctly to guide vehicle movement and manage traffic flow. The banksman should be aware of the hazards and risks associated with on-site cars and conduct their tasks to minimise risk.

To get a comprehensive overview of banksman, read our blog.

Who is a Slinger Signaller?

A slinger signaller is a specific type of banksman. A slinger signaller’s main job is supervising and directing crane operators’ instructions during lifting operations. Their job entails working with the lifting team and crane operators.

A crane operator has a limited view of what is happening on the ground when seated in the cab. The slinger signaller provides clear instructions in the form of prescribed hand signals to assist them in safely lifting, moving, and setting down the crane’s load.


  • Both banksman and slinger signaller must be aware of the risks and hazards in lifting operations.
  • They tend to the people and equipment and make the site safer by minimising risks.
  • They communicate using hand signals and radio equipment as instructed in Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.
  • Both of them direct crane operations.
  • The uniforms they wear are the same.


  • A banksman directs traffic and vehicles around a workplace.
  • A signaller works in the lifting department only.
  • Production of modular buildings is also a part of a slinger’s job description.

How to become a Signaller?

  1. Enrol and complete Hurak’s Traffic Banksman course.
  2. Pass the multiple-choice question exam at the end of the course.
  3. Receive a 3-year valid certificate and ID card after passing the exam..

How to become a Signaller?

1. Must have accomplished the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) exam for Operators within two years of enrolling for an accredited Slinger Signaller course.

2. Enrol and complete an accredited training course on Slinger Signaller. The two most popular and demanded courses are:

Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS)National Plant Operator Registration Scheme (NPORS)
Offers accredited training courseOffers accredited training course
Widely recognisedBecoming an alternative to CPCS
ExpensiveCost Effective
It takes a longer duration to completeCompletes within ten days
Certified centresFlexible learning

3. Apply for a Red Trained Operator Card.

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