March 07, 2023
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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.
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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.
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 course||Offers accredited training course|
|Widely recognised||Becoming an alternative to CPCS|
|It takes a longer duration to complete||Completes within ten days|
|Certified centres||Flexible learning|
3. Apply for a Red Trained Operator Card.