What does it take to be a slinger…?

The below is a description of the roles and responsibilities of a crane slinger. The role of the crane slinger is crucial to the safe operations of cranes and lifting equipment, making them an irreplaceable asset to every site.

What is a slinger?

Clear and precise communication plays a vital part of completing a job successfully and safely and this is accomplished by having a toolbox talk and a pre-approved lifting plan discussed and signed onto before the lift commences, with hand signals and verbal instructions sometimes using 2 or 3 way radios during the operation

The role of the crane slinger is to connect lifting accessories to the hook of lifting equipment. They are then expected to provide instructions in the form of signals or verbal communication to the crane operator while guiding a traveling load from the lifting point to the landing point, or a part of the total distance required.

Crane slingers may work with a variety of lifting equipment, however, within the construction sector, crane slingers predominantly work with tower or mobile-type cranes. These cranes are equipped with a hook block suspended from hoist ropes and can slew through 360 degrees. The crane slinger is an integral part of any lifting team, and should have the necessary authority to carry out their role.


It is also important for all those involved in the lifting operation, including the crane slinger, to be informed of the contents and required actions. They must take note of the contents of the lift plan during the briefing and what is required of them, as they may notice an error or that something is not correct or missing. The crane slinger should immediately relay any concerns about the lift plan to the lift supervisor or appointed person/lift planner if they are present.

Slinger signaller job description

In short, a crane slinger’s job description is to check all relevant accessories for damage before work begins. Failure to properly check accessories could mean that an incident or injuries occur because a faulty accessory can make each lift unsafe. The lift plan should specify the type and size of the lifting accessory to be used including the Safe Working Load (SWL) of each accessory. As a member of a lifting team, the crane slinger sometimes assists the crane operator in setting up and operating their machine and can act as an additional pair of eyes to ensure safe margins are not exceeded. For example, where numerous cranes are working close to each other, the crane slinger may assist a crane operator in ensuring that the jib or boom of their crane does not collide with other cranes both before and during work.

If you’d like to find out more about the role of a crane slinger on a construction site, or wish to enquire about the lifting equipment hire we offer, call us on 0208 059 2546 and speak to one of our expert team members, today!

2022-07-20T11:32:28+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Business Updates|