GWO Slinger Signaller

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The GWO Slinger Signaller/Rigger Signal Person training module enables delegates to support and care for themselves and others by possessing the required knowledge and skills to conduct assigned tasks safely and efficiently.

The slinger signaller training is a course that was released by the GWO (Global Wind Organisation) in 2019 after industry leaders highlighted concerns that lifting and slinging operations in the wind industry was potentially high risk to personnel.

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GWO Slinger Signaller

The slinger signaller training is a course that was released by the GWO (Global Wind Organisation) in 2019 after industry leaders highlighted concerns that lifting and slinging operations in the wind industry was potentially high risk to personnel.

  • Attaching and detaching the load to and from the crane lifting attachment
  • Initiating and directing the safe movement of the crane, including multiple slinger signallers during limited or blind lifts
  • Adhering to their role and responsibilities during the lift
  • Conducting visual pre and post inspection on lifting accessories and load
  • Handling of lifting accessories
  • Ensuring safe lift-off and lay down of the load
  • Slinging/rigging various types of load, based on weight, centre of gravity, shape and size
  • Carrying out generic routine lifts in accordance with the lift plan
  • Complying with instruction/procedures set up by the employer to manage lifting
  • Ensuring that equipment is properly used, maintained and defects reported

This Slinger Signaller course is one of several Global Wind Organisation (GWO) courses that we offer. Individuals in the wind industry, who conduct slinging and signalling during simple lifting operations will benefit from this training.

This course, more specifically, aims to ensure participants feel confident in supporting and caring for themselves and others. Essentially, you will learn the required knowledge and skills in order to conduct assigned tasks safely and efficiently.

Delegates will need to complete written assessments during the GWO Slinger Signaller course.

A Slinger Signaller acts as the eyes and ears of the person operating the crane who won’t be able to see everything happening around them. An obstructed view for a Crane Operator increases loading and lifting risks, and general site safety can be compromised.

Enter the Slinger Signaller; a Slingers’ main responsibility is to communicate with the Crane Operator using a series of hand signals. These hand signals help the operator to manoeuvre the crane in a safe and efficient way.

The standard hand signals used in the UK by Slinger Signallers are laid out in BS7121 which is the code of practice for the safe use of cranes. Also some signals can be found in the Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996. Although some of these signals are similar the majority of the signals in the regulation would be used for plant and vehicle marshalling and not in the role of Slinger Signaller. The signals must be precise, easy to make, and easy to understand.

The GWO Slinger Signaller course lasts for 2 years.

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