Banksman Essentials Training


This course in Banksman Essentials introduces the role of the banksman or signaller and the common signals they use, with the aim of reducing accidents associated with large vehicles. It teaches the ‘Safe Site, Safe Vehicle, Safe Driver’ model to ensure your company’s compliance with the Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.

Targeted at those at risk of harm from the manoeuvring of large vehicles, this CPD Accredited course provides the user with a printable certificate upon completion of the end-of-training test.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  • The role and responsibilities of a banksman.
  • Common hand signals used by banksman, and how to respond.
  • The details of the ‘Safe Site, Safe Vehicle, Safe Driver’ model and how to comply.


    Course Contents

    This course consists of two sections:

    Section 1: banksman overview

    The first section of this course looks at the role of the banksman, or signaller, and their duties regarding workplace transport and the maneuvering of large vehicles. It also discusses the responsibilities of the employer, and goes into detail about reversing.

    Section 2: signalling

    Section 2 demonstrates the essential banksman hand signals that are standardised in the UK and Europe. This includes stop, start and end, move towards and move away, right and left, horizontal and vertical distance, raise and lower, and danger.

    About the Course


    The Banksman Essentials training course is designed to familiarise the user with the duties and HSE approved signals of banksmen in order to reduce the risks of accident and injury in relation to large vehicle maneuvers.

    Broken down into two sections, the course details the role and responsibilities of a banksman and their employer, before detailing the essential banksman hand signals, to ensure that anyone involved in moving or loading and unloading large goods vehicles is able to cooperate and communicate for the increased safety of all.

    Offering practice-based information and advice, this course acts is intended to subsidise practical training, rather than replace it.

    Available in 31 languages, the course takes around 20 minutes to complete.


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