A Banksman/Signaller is responsible for directing the movement of vehicles on or around a site. The role is critical to on-site health and safety and the provision of safe systems of work.
The Role
  • Directing movement of vehicles on a work site
  • Recommending and laying out safe on-site traffic systems
  • Keeping people and vehicles apart
  • Providing clear, correct and safe directions to plant operators
  • Communicating with drivers and plant operators verbally and by radio and/or industry standard hand signals
  • Understanding risks (e.g. blind spots) and how to manage these effectively
  • Managing traffic to avoid excessive queuing
  • Minimising the possible risk to personnel and other equipment.
  • Remain calm and alert at all times
  • This role typically involves working standard site hours (usually around 40 hours per week). But you may have to also work in the evening and at the weekend, depending on the project and the workload.
  • Newly trained banksmen/signaller can earn in the region of £20,000-£25,000
  • Trained with experience banksmen/signaller can earn in the region of £25,000-£50,000
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility
Qualifications & Training
There are no formal academic qualifications necessary to become a banksman/signaller. Good communication skills are generally considered as valuable as academic qualifications. Initial training for these positions is generally on the job under supervision, but most employers will look for evidence of formal training such as the following courses run by the CITB:
  • Safe Working Practices Around Construction Plant Equipment
  • NVQ level 2 in Plant operations Direct, Guide and Control the movement of Plant