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Job Role - Banksman

The Banksman job role is crucial in many construction, manufacturing and logistics operations. A Banksman is a safety-critical role responsible for directing the movement of vehicles and heavy machinery in and around a site, ensuring the safe and efficient flow of traffic and the protection of workers and other personnel. They are responsible for communicating with drivers, flagging potential hazards and ensuring that all traffic regulations are followed.


This page will give you an overview of what a Banksman is and what they do, and hopefully answer any questions you may have on your search for a Banksman job and career.


What is a Banksman?


A Banksman is a professional who is responsible for directing the movement of vehicles and heavy machinery in and around a site, ensuring the safe and efficient flow of traffic and the protection of workers and other personnel. They are responsible for communicating with drivers, flagging potential hazards and ensuring that all traffic regulations are followed. They are also responsible for managing traffic flow, directing vehicles to the appropriate loading or unloading areas, and monitoring the use of safety equipment such as barriers, cones, and warning signs.


A Banksman must have a strong understanding of traffic regulations and safety procedures, as well as knowledge of the industry in which they work. They must also possess strong communication and organizational skills, as they will be working with a wide range of people, including drivers, operators, and other personnel.


Who does a Banksman work with?


Banksmen work with a wide range of people, including HGV Drivers, machine operators, and other personnel. They often work alongside other safety-critical roles such as Traffic Marshalls, Crane operators, and site supervisors or Site Managers. Banksmen must also have good communication with managers and employees to ensure the site is running smoothly and to address any issues that arise.


What does a Banksman Do?


A Banksman's main responsibility is to direct the movement of vehicles and heavy machinery in and around a site, ensuring the safe and efficient flow of traffic and the protection of workers and other personnel. This includes communicating with drivers, flagging potential hazards and ensuring that all traffic regulations are followed. They also manage traffic flow, directing vehicles to the appropriate loading or unloading areas, and monitoring the use of safety equipment such as barriers, cones, and warning signs.


A Banksman is also responsible for ensuring that safety procedures and regulations are followed, and that any issues or problems are identified and resolved in a timely manner. They also work closely with other safety-critical roles such as traffic controllers, Crane operators, and site supervisors to ensure that the site is running smoothly and that any issues are addressed.


So, What does a Banksman do daily?


A Banksman's main role may include:

  • Communicating with drivers and flagging potential hazards
  • Assisting with the coordination and movement of materials, equipment, and personnel
  • Managing traffic flow, directing vehicles to the appropriate loading or unloading areas

In a Banksman job description, it will discuss the role and any further requirements to get the job, see below.


Banksman Job Description

An example of a job description for a Banksman.


Job Role:

  • Directing the movement of vehicles and heavy machinery in and around a site
  • Communicating with drivers and flagging potential hazards
  • Ensuring that all traffic regulations are followed
  • Managing traffic flow, directing vehicles to the appropriate loading or unloading areas
  • Monitoring the use of safety equipment such as barriers, cones, and warning signs
  • Identifying and resolving any issues or problems that arise
  • Communicating with other managers and employees to ensure the site is running smoothly
  • Following safety procedures and regulations
  • Assisting with the coordination and movement of materials, equipment, and personnel
  • Conducting safety inspections and audits to ensure compliance with regulations and company policies


Requirements:

  • A valid Banksman certification or equivalent qualification
  • Basic health and safety certification, such as a CSCS card
  • Awareness of regulations, standards, and codes of practice relevant to the work
  • Previous experience as a banksman or similar role involving working with cranes and heavy loads
  • Knowledge of relevant signals and communications used in banksman duties
  • Strong communication skills to effectively communicate with crane operators, site supervisors, and other team members
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and maintain focus during long and potentially repetitive tasks
  • Good organizational and planning skills to ensure efficient coordination of lifting operations
  • A strong commitment to safety and a responsible approach to work

Avg Salary:

£29,738

Low: £21,050

High: £34,560


To become a Banksman, one typically needs on-the-job training and certification in traffic control and safety. Some employers may also require a valid driver's license and Forklift certification. In addition, a Banksman should have good communication and organizational skills, as well as knowledge of traffic regulations and safety procedures.



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