If you are working on construction sites, or you are possibly even managing them, then you need to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to keep yourself and those around you as safe as possible. There are a lot of things that you need to think about here, but one in particular which is a very important tool is that you need to know what signals to use to communicate with other workers on the site. Without a working knowledge of these signals, you are going to be opening yourself up to greater risks than are strictly necessary.
By way of example, let’s take a look at the role of the slinger/signaller. This is the person who works as the eyes and ears of a crane operator, who is often over 50 metres above ground and obviously not in a position to hear anyone on the ground. The slinger/signaller must be able to accurately and properly communicate with the crane operator, so that they know what to do to get the task completed, but most importantly so that they can be made aware of any potential safety issues which might arise.
If you would like to find out more about the hand signals that a slinger/signaller would need to know, you can take a look at the following infographic. This will detail all of the hand signals that would be necessary to use in that position, to ensure the safety and correct operation of any crane operation procedure.
Infographic by: SB Skills Solutions