How To Become A Slinger Banksman
A slinger banksman is an important role within the construction industry and involves working with cranes, rigging and other plant machinery to ensure that lifting operations are safe and secure.
Slinger banksmen, sometimes known as signalers, work closely with crane operators and other lifting operators, attaching loads to lifting equipment and directing the operator by use of a two-way radio or with hand signals.
A basic knowledge of vehicle mechanics, together with good concentration and communication skills are necessary to do this job. You will also need to be able to assess the weights of loads prior to lifting and ensure that the correct lifting equipment is used for tasks.
No formal qualifications are required, although it will help to have GCSEs (A*-C) in English and maths.
Ideally, you should have a Level 2 qualification in a relevant vocational subject, together with a CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) ticket.
Other Qualifications Needed
The most common route into working as a slinger banksman is to start out as a labourer, which provides a good introduction to the construction industry. In addition to this, you should take a recognized qualification, such as a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations accredited by City & Guilds, which will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to work in this area of construction.
Once you have achieved your NVQ you should apply for your competent operatorís card, known as a CPCS ticket, which is valid for five years. This competence scheme, administered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), serves as industry recognition that you have the skills, knowledge and understanding to carry out your role safely and effectively.
Most construction sites will expect you to carry a CPCS ticket to work on site.
Average Working Hours Per Week = Daytime Mon-Fri
Common Working Pattern
Time Taken To Qualify
6 months to 1 year
What Next/Career Development
As a qualified slinger banksman you could develop your career by taking on more responsible roles, such as site supervision or construction management. Logical follow-on roles include plant or crane supervisor or plant coordinator, or you could set up your own business, owning and operating your own equipment or providing qualified labour for contractors.
Facts And Figures
In 2013 7% of the UKís jobs were in the construction industry.
The construction industry contributed £83 billion to the UK economy in 2012.
(Source: Office for National Statistics)
37% of the construction industryís workforce is self-employed.
(Source: National Careers Service)