HRETDs Banksman / signalman training course details
Perform Banksman duties
SAQA unit standard: 253638
Field: Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology
NQF level:  02
Maximum learners per group: Ten learners
Novice training duration: One days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs Banksman / signalman training course details
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HRETD offers training in the SADC regions and beyond
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Training requirments
Advanced driving
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Basic rigging
Lifting equipment inspection
Safe lifting practice
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools
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Included in this mutimedia training programme The banksman course is designed for novice and experienced banksmen/ signalmen. Learners who meet the assessment criteria will be permitted to conduct banksman activities within the working environment, having been familiarised with communication methods, the legislated allocation of responsibilities, safe lifting practices and lift planning.

Learners will be able to correctly guide the crane operator through an obstacle course by demonstrating the correct hand and/or radio signals, as well as identifying, selecting and safely securing slings to a load.

Entry requirements

Basic maths and English literacy (minimum Grade 7).

For any queries regarding the requirements and conditions of banksman training, contact our skills development advisor for more information.

Materials handling and lifting operations training

Each learner will receive

Banksman training

Rigger/Banksman operations

Course content

Banksman training pre-requirements

Lifting teams

We outline a Banksman’s duties and responsibilities in relation to:

• The Lifting Supervisor,
• The Rigger (Slinger),
• The Tagline Assistants and
• Crane Operator.

Legislation concerning Banksmen

• Legal responsibilities in a nutshell,
• Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993,
• Driven Machinery Regulations of 1988,
• Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996, general machinery regulations and hazard warning signals

Background knowledge requirements of Banksmen

We cover topics such as

• Safe lifting practice and crane operations knowledge outlines;
• Preparations and planning for moving a load;
• Conditions for the safe lift-off of a load;
• ‘Hands-free’ operations;
• Weather condition and visibility considerations;
• The correct use and care of equipment and correct slinging methods of loads;
• Landing of loads; moving a load safely;
• What to avoid when conducting lifting operations;
• After a lifting operation – wrapping up a project and reconciliation.

Best practice guidelines for Banksmen

Best practice guidelines include:

• Job perimeter familiarisation;
• Exclusion zones for uninvolved personnel;
• Danger zones during operations;
• Radio communication;
• Hand signals for various cranes;
• the importance of continuous signalling; tandem communications;
• Eliminating outside interference (second signaller accident risks) and job focus;
• The danger to riggers hands;
• Safe positioning of tag line assistants.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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Accredited by the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA)

Training programme accreditation

This training programme is aligned to the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 253638: Sling and Communicate During Crane Operations.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to conduct banksman operations, the candidate will receive a certificate of competence that is valid life-long, excepting where it is the policy of the company to have the banksman refreshed every two years.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practice training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training.
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