Created for anyone intending to work as a banksman or vehicle marshal.  This online training supports compliance with the Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 and construction safety guidance document HSG150.

DURATION | 40 minutes

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Online Banksman training course provides the knowledge needed to undertake the role of a Bankman safely.  A vehicle banksman, also known as a traffic marshal, is a trained and competent person whose primary duty is to maintain the safe flow of traffic in the workplace.

Typically this requires being the eyes and ears of vehicle and machine operators and providing reversing or load-manoeuvring instructions.

A Banksman will usually be used in workplaces where pedestrians and vehicles cannot be completely separated through engineered controls.

In order to perform their duties safety banksman should receive appropriate training. This online Banksman course provides the knowledge your staff need to perform the duties of a Banksmans safety and develop their competence.



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Help low the risk from vehicles manoeuvres in the workplace by providing the knowledge staff need to perform the duties of a Banksman or Vehicle Marshall safely.


  • A banksmans’s duties and responsibilities
  • How to identify risks and hazards
  • Real-life case scenarios of workplace incidents
  • General principles and legislation for safe traffic routes, layout and visibility
  • How to administer signals to drivers clearly and safely


UNIT 1 | The role of a Banksman

In this first unit, in addition to outlining the various possible responsibilites of a banksman in the workplace and detailing relevant legislation, we also highlight the risks associated with moving vehicles, not least to banksman themselves – if due care is not taken.

UNIT 2 | How to create a safe banksman environment

In the second unit we focus on the conditions required to create a safe working environment for banksmen.  As a banksman, your working environment must be made as safe as reasonably practicable by your employer.  This requires thought, planning and a continued cycle of feedback and improvement.  On completion of this unit you will understand how as a banksman you can help maintain the safest working environment.

UNIT 3 | Banksman Signals

In this final unit we outline the universally recognised banksman signals.


At the end of the online Banksman course the is a 15 question, multiple choice quiz.  If learners demonstrate their understanding of the course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, we’ll email them their completion certificate.  If learners score less than 80%, they can revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until they are successful.  A posted certificate is available for £9.




This course is for everyone undertakes the duties of a Banksman or Vehicle Marshal in the workplace or supervise those that do.


  • Study anywhere with an internet connection
  • Complies with regulations
  • CPD-accredited certificate
  • Access on phones, tablets and desktop
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A vehicle banksman, also known as a traffic marshall, is a trained and competent person whose role is to reduce the chance of accidents from moving vehicles.  Banksman will normally be positioned to have an unrestricted view of both the load and the vehicle operator so they are able to give safe manoeuvring instructions to the drivers of the vehicles and heavy machinery.

Effectively a banksman serves as the eyes and ears of vehicle drivers to ensure vehicle manoeuvres are done safely and don’t put anyone in danger.

The banksman will communicate with the driver via radio and/or pre-arranged signals, to inform the driver what is going on around the vehicle. A vehicle banksman will often undertake other duties, such as directing traffic in and around the site.


The specific duties of a bandsman will differ from business to business, depending on the hazards.  Generally speaking, the role of a banksman is to manage the safe flow of traffic, particularly when vehicles are reversing.  Duties often also include;

  • Understanding risks and hazards, and managing these effectively
  • Directing the movement of vehicles in and around the workplace
  • Keeping vehicles and people apart
  • Recommending and laying out safe, on-site traffic systems
  • Managing traffic to avoid excessive queuing
  • Providing clear, correct and safe directions to plant operators
  • Communicating with drivers and plant operators verbally and by radio/or industry standard hand signals
  • Minimising risks to personnel and equipment
  • Remaining calm and alert at all times


Consider UK RIDDOR statistics. For the lastest reporting period (RIDDOR statistics 20/21) unfortunately workplace fatalities from moving vehicles led to 20 deaths.  This is 19% of all workplace fatalities.  In addition 1 in 50 reportable injuries were caused by people being hit my moving vehicles.

So if you manage safety in your workplace it is vital to take the hazard of moving vehicles seriously by giving thought to how pedestrians can best be kept safe.

First try to completely remove pedestrians from the flow of traffic through engineering.  Obviously this is not always possible.  So then a Banksmen may well be an effective way to reduce the risks.  In which case Banksmen must be appropriately trained.  Remember you should also have evidence that training has taken place [to comply with the Managing Health & Safety regulations 1999].

This training is also beneficial the site health & safety managers or supervisors who may not use a banksman but wish to understand ways to reduce risks from moving vehicles in the workplace.


The Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 details the universal signals that banksman should use.  By having a universal system drivers that are new to your workplace will still understand the instructions of your banksman.  The regulation also details when signs shoudl be used in your workplace and how they should appear.  Basically the same traffic signs should be used in workplaces as are used on public roads and used in the same way.  For example, kept clean, visible and at a sensible frequency so as not to confuse or distract drivers.

This legislation was designed to give parity across the EU as part of our EU membership so post-brexit we may diverged from these regulations in the future.

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