Well Control Group
IWCF & IADC Certified Well Control School


Safety Courses

Well Control Group offers a diverse set of safety training courses at the Newfoundland location.

Safety is Paramount

Safety is everyone's first priority. Experts trained by Well Control Group share their years of experience in class and on the work site, inspecting equipment, reviewing procedures, and assuring compliance with existing regulations. 

Our goals is to offer all the necessary safety training and services that can assist your organization in becoming the best it can be. Currently, we offer regular courses every week at our training location located near St. John's, NL. Courses like Confined Space Entry, Enform H2S Alive™, Fall Protection, and OSSA™ Certified courses are only some of the courses we offer throughout the week.

If your organization wishes to follow the highest standards of health and safety in the industry, we are here to help.

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Rigging and Slinging and Banksmen


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This course is designed to familiarize workers with basic Rigging and Slinging concepts, the proper uses of slings and associated rigging equipment as well as the proper pre-use inspection procedures for rigging equipment. Safe Rigging Practices as well as load weight estimation and the importance of proper sling angles are also covered in order to give participants the skills needed to safely preform the job of Rigger/Signaler/Banksman. Safe lifting practices and procedures making lifts with cranes as well as manually operated devices will also be demonstrated and practiced.

Course Information

Duration: 3 day course
Components: Theory and Practical

Course Outline

Chapter 1: Rigging Procedures and Precautions

• Responsibilities
• Procedures and Precautions
• Determining Load Weights
• Centre of Gravity

Chapter 2: Wire Rope

• Introduction
• Care and Maintenance of Wire Rope
• Inspection of Wire Rope
• Wire Rope Sling Configuration
• Factor of Safety
• Safe Work Practices when Using Slings
• Care and Maintenance of Wire Rope Slings
• Inspection of Wire Rope Slings

Chapter 3: Slings

• Introduction
• Sling Configurations
• Slings Angles
• Safe Working Loads
• Synthetic Webbing Slings

Chapter 4: Chain Slings

• Introduction
• Chain Sling Configuration
• Safe Working Loads
• Safe Work Practices
• Chain Sling Hardware

Chapter 5: Rigging Hardware

• Shackles
• Turnbuckles
• Wire Rope Grabs
• Blocks
• Eyebolts
• Hooks
• Thimbles
• Sockets
• Sheaves

Chapter 6: Hand Signals

• Introduction
• Precautions and Procedures

Chapter 7: Knots, Bends and Hitches

• Introduction
• Square/Reef Knot
• Heaving Line Knot
• Figure-Eight Knot
• Bowline
• French Bowling
• Bowline on the Right
• Running Bowline
• Fisherman’s Bend
• Sheet Bend
• Double Sheet Bend
• Carrick Bend
• Diamond Carrick Bend
• Cat’s Paw
• Timber Hitch
• Sheepshank
• Clove Hitch
• Ropes
• Three Strand Splice (Short & Long)

Chapter 8: Color Coding of Rigging Equipment

• Introduction
• Sample Color Code

Chapter 9: Radio Communication in Rigging

• Introduction
• Safe Use of a Radio
• Sample of Radio Direction

Chapter 10: Jacks, Rollers and Related Devices

• Ratchet Jacks
• Hydraulic Jacks
• Safe Practices for Jacks
• Rollers
• Safe Practices for Rollers
• Inclined Plans

Chapter 11: Hoists, Winches and Related Devices

• Introduction
• Anchorage Points
• Chain Hoists
• Lever-Operated Hoists and Come-Alongs
• Grip-Action Hoists or Tirfors
• Electric Wire Rope Hoists, Electric Chain Hoists, and Pendant Cranes
• Winches
• Locating Drum Anchorage Point

Chapter 12: Hoists, Winches and Related Devices

• Introduction
• Anchorage Points
• Chain Hoists
• Lever-Operated Hoists and Come-Alongs
• Grip-Action Hoists or Tirfors

Chapter 13: Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

• Part XIV – Section 287 – 345
• Part XV – Section 346 – 372
• API RP2D Standards are available for review in class



Practical component of 3 Day Rigging, Slinging and Banksman course consist of thorough inspections of 12 different pieces of equipment covered in course. These equipment inspections cover shackles, wire rope slings, synthetic slings, chain, turnbuckles, pad eyes, beam clamps, beam trolleys, chain hoists, lever hoists, snatch blocks, eye bolts and tirfors. Day 3 consists of lift planning and moving loads with hand operated equipment such as lever and chain hoists, proper rigging procedures, use of knots and tag lines will be practiced as well. Once all lifts are completed, students will then use a crane to practice rigging loads, handling loads and signaling loads in an outside environment.