Traffic Marshal (BANKSMAN) Training Course


Traffic Banksman (Marshal) is often the ideal solution when it comes to working with vehicles and in restricted spaces. Traffic Banksman are operatives trained to direct vehicle movement on or around site. They are often called Traffic Marshals.

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Traffic Banksman (Marshal) is often the ideal solution when it comes to working with vehicles and in restricted spaces. Traffic Banksman are operatives trained to direct vehicle movement on or around site. They are often called Traffic Marshals.

This course aims to ensure that site-based traffic management is delivered safely and is done so of a high quality.

The course provides attendees with an understanding of the risks related to the movement of vehicles on site.

What is a Banksman?

Traffic Marshal (Banksman) are operatives trained to direct vehicle movement on or around site. They are often called Traffic Marshals

Can We Still Use Banksmen For Reversing Vehicles?

Yes, but only if trained and authorised. There is a hierarchy of control, which places segregation at the top. Banksmen should only be used in circumstances where other control measures are not possible.

How can we keep Traffic Banksman Safe?

  • Ensure that they are trained and competent to direct moving vehicles
  • Provide a protected position from which they can work in safety
  • Provide distinctive ‘hi viz’ clothing for identification
  • Tell drivers that if they cannot see the Banksman they should stop immediately
  • Agree on the use of standard signals

Why and What is the reason for Traffic Banksman to be present?

Every year, about 50 people are killed and more than 5000 people are injured in accidents involving workplace transport ( The most common causes are people falling from or being struck by a vehicle, objects falling from a vehicle, or vehicles overturning.

Nearly a quarter of all deaths involving vehicles at work occur during reversing. Many other reversing accidents do not result in injury but cause costly damage to vehicles, equipment and premises. Most of these accidents can be avoided by taking simple precautions, which will be explained during the course.

For Whom:

The course is suited to operatives who assist in the moving and loading/unloading of vehicles in their occupation.

3B accredited

Certificate Expiry
Recommended 2-3 years


Course Objectives

On completion of the training delegates will be able to:

  • identify risks and hazards
  • choose the correct equipment or vehicle to complete a job safely
  • administer signals to drivers clearly and safely

They will also have a better understanding of:

will have a better understanding of:

  • The responsibilities of a banksman
  • The requirements, duties and tasks that come with the role

Course Content

The course is devised to raise the delegates understanding of the dangers caused by a reversing vehicle. The course will go over techniques and hand signals used to help drivers with manoeuvring reversing vehicles. The course will also help delegates gain knowledge on the following topics:


  • General Health and Safety related to Traffic Marshal’s (Banksman)
  • Construction Law& Regulations, regarding Traffic Management
  • Who should be allowed on site
  • The roles and responsibilities of colleagues involved
  • Setting safety standards and work procedures
  • Working with the relevant health and safety regulations
  • The terminology of traffic management
  • Inspection of vehicles
  • Signalling
  • Risk Management
  • How to layout the site safely
  • Safety of vehicle access
  • Hazard Analysis
  • Risk Management for directing vehicles
  • Identifying Dangerous Manoeuvres (reversing)
  • Safeguarding pedestrians and other staff where vehicles may be reversing
  • Demonstrating the HSE code of hand signals recommended by the HSE
  • Legal obligations and responsibilities of employers and their employees
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Safety signs
  • Accident prevention
  • How to plan the use of vehicles


What is Required to Pass the Traffic Management Training Course

The course is delivered through a range of theory-based tutorials and practical demonstrations. The activities will go over site restrictions and rules, loading and lifting operations and how to identify a hazard as well as PPE, recognising visibility clothing, banksman signals and HSG114.

Further Development

The delegate will gain further knowledge in the secure passing of reversing vehicles in confined spaces. They will be able to recognise areas of danger on site. They will learn all the suggested codes of signals. With these skills, they will be able to guide both articulated and rigid large good vehicles.

The Course will be assessed in 2 ways:

Individuals will demonstrate the correct knowledge for directing a vehicle

Understanding the roles of both the Driver and the Banksman.
Following a multi-choice question paper at the end of the course
Learners will be made aware of the Current Legislation (Safety signs & signals Regulations 1996)

Learners who successfully complete this course will be awarded a Traffic Banksman Training Certificate of attendance, Photo ID card along with a HI-Vis vest and a training manual.

We follow and teach the hand signals as it is recommended by the HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE (HSE)

There are no pre-requisites to enrol on this course however candidates must have the physical ability to carry out the procedures in this course.

Every Course Includes:

Every successful traffic marshal course delegate gets a certificate of training for display.

Along with you certificate you will receive a secure high quality identity card if required. This is essential when working on site and should be shown if asked.

The course uses HSE (Health and Safety Executive) approved hand signals. Every traffic marshal is issued with a copy to retain after the course.

Once you have successfully completed the course you will be issued with a confirmation letter stating what has been covered in order to start work as a Traffic Marshal immediately.


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