The role and responsibilities of a Lorry Banksman

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Understanding the Role of a Lorry Banksman in Workplace Safety

The Importance of a Lorry Banksman

In any environment where lorries manoeuvre, safety is paramount. A Lorry Banksman plays a crucial role in ensuring this safety.

Exploring the Role

A Lorry Banksman, also known as a Traffic Marshal or Vehicle Banksman, directs large vehicle movements on worksites, especially during complex manoeuvres like reversing.

Let's delve into their responsibilities to understand their vital contribution to workplace safety.

Responsibilities of a Lorry Banksman

  • Vehicle Movement Guidance: Using recognised hand signals, the Banksman directs lorry drivers, ensuring safe manoeuvres, especially in compromised visibility situations.
  • Communication: Maintaining clear and constant communication with drivers, either via radio or direct eye contact during signalling.
  • Risk Assessment: Evaluating the area before vehicle movement to identify and address potential risks or hazards, guiding drivers accordingly.
  • Site Safety: Ensuring site safety during vehicle movements, including halting movement when risks are present until it's safe to proceed.
  • Maintaining Knowledge of Regulations: Staying up-to-date with HSE regulations and guidelines related to the role.