Traffic Management: Signalling and Banksman

Part of being a Banksman involves signalling moving vehicles on site.

Take a look below at the different signals a Banksman or Traffic Marshal would use when controlling work operations on site.

What does the Banksman do?

It is the Banksman’s responsibility to make sure safety measures are being followed; they need to make sure that a signalling communication system is in place and everyone on site is aware of how to use it.

Why we use a Banksman for traffic management on site

Vehicle BanksmanReversing vehicles on site can put everyone around in danger if not properly managed. Vehicle Banksman on-site suffer serious and fatal injuries at work every year; this highlights the need for attending proper training before conducting this role.

When acting as a Banksman, you must be over the age of 18. You need to ensure that everyone involved in the work is wearing the correct PPE such as high-vis jackets.


A safe system of work will be implemented on site in which the Banksman can communicate with vehicle drivers by using standard signals. The signals need to be performed clearly so that they are easy to understand; also if the Banksman disappears from the view of the driver he/she will know to stop immediately.

If you are unable to communicate with the driver at all times you will need assistance; if this is the case you will appoint a signalman to assist you. It is important that you don’t get involved in any other activity other than the one you are doing; a distraction could be very dangerous.

Take a look below at the standard signals which are provided by the Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 L64:

General Signals

  • SignallerSTART: both arms point outwards horizontally, palms facing outwards. (left)
  • STOP: right arm points upward, palm facing forwards. (centre)
  • END: at chest height; clasp both hands. (right)

Horizontal Movements

  • Traffic ManagementMOVE FORWARDS: palms facing inwards, both arms bent, slow movements towards the body. (top left)
  • MOVE BACKWARDS: palms facing downwards, both arms bent, slow movements away from the body. (top centre)
  • RIGHT: right arm horizontal, palm facing downwards making slow movements to the right. (top right)
  • LEFT: left arm horizontal, palm facing downward making slow movements to the left. (bottom left)
  • HORIZONTAL DISTANCE: hands indicate the relevant distance. (bottom centre)

Vertical Movements

  • Vehicle Banksman TrainingRAISE: right arm points upward with the palm facing forward and slowly makes a circle. (left)
  • LOWER: right arm points downward with the palm facing inwards and slowly makes a circle. (centre)
  • VERTICAL DISTANCE: the hands indicate the relevant distance. (right)


  • SignallerDANGER: both arms pointing upwards with the palms facing forwards.

Traffic Management Training

If you would like to learn more about being a Banksman you may want to attend a Traffic Management training course. To view our upcoming Traffic Management courses take a look at our book a course page here.

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