T0012 Signallers & Slingers

Overview This talk will cover: lifting gear, before lifting, during lifting and potential hazards

Lifting Gear

1 Check the lifting gear for kinks and frays each day.
2 Chains must not be joined by means of bolts or wire.
3 No lifting gear must be used unless its SWL is marked.
4 Don’t use improvised slings or single leg of a multiple sling.
5 Store chains, ropes, strops and slings in dry conditions.

Before lifting

1 Wear a safety helmet and high – visibility clothing.
2 Make sure you know the weight of the load to be lifted.
3 Ensure hooks are ‘C’ type or fitted with a safety catch.
4 Ensure you can see the crane driver – if you cant, use radios.
5 Ensure radios are fully charged at the start of the shift.

During lifting operations

1 Use approved hand signals clearly and distinctly.
2 Protect wire ropes and slings from sharp edges of the load with softwood or other suitable packing.
3 Ensure the correct pin in the shackle is used and screwed home.
4 Ensure the hook is central to stop the load swing when raised.
5 Ensure the load is lifted off the ground and is free and correctly slung before hoisting.
5: How do you protect lifting gear from sharp edges?
6 Always use a guide rope to steady the load.
7 Stand well clear of the load being lifted.
8 When the crane is in operation, don’t leave the area unless you are relieved by another signaller.
9 Warn the crane operator of any obstructions to the load.
10 To avoid damage to the lifting gear, loads should be landed on to timber or another suitable bearer.


1 Never tie knots in chains to shorten them/
2 Riding on loads is strictly prohibited.
3 Don’t use lifting gear for other purposes, e.g. towing.
4 Keep all those not involved in lifting operations away from the vicinity, especially children and the general public.

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T0012 Signallers & Slingers

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