Vehicle Banksman 


Minimum of a half day

Maximum number of candidates = 6

Every year, about 50 people are killed and more than 5,000 people are injured in accidents involving workplace transport ( 

Nearly a quarter of all deaths involving vehicles at work occur during reversing. Many other reversing accidents do not result in injury but cause costly damage to vehicles, equipment and premises. Most of these accidents can be avoided by taking simple precautions, which will be explained during the course.

The course covers theory on Health and Safety when moving a vehicle and practical lessons on how to move a vehicle in a safe manner. We will teach delegates how to find the safest way to reverse vehicles in confined spaces. Where danger areas are and how to guide large vehicles, using hand signals, whilst manoeuvring.

This course complies with current HSE regulations, covering aspects such as the cause and prevention of accidents and the responsibilities of vehicle banksmen on loading bays etc.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for any operatives involved in the marshalling, moving and loading/unloading of vehicles in their occupation, covering health and safety and practical lessons to equip delegates with the knowledge and skills to be able to carry out the safe movement of vehicles around their workplace.

This course aims to raise awareness of the dangers caused when large vehicles reverse, and introduces practical techniques and hand signals to assist drivers with this manoeuvre. Delegates will also be trained in the necessary skills to assist other drivers and banksmen.

Course Content

  • Current legislation, operator responsibilities and best practice
  • Accident statistics
  • Risk Assessment and site assessments
  • The hazards arising from vehicles moving around the workplace
  • Vehicle / pedestrian management
  • Pre-operation checks
  • PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
  • HSE code of hand signals recommended by the HSE
  • Supervised practical exercises and assessment session


By the end of the course, delegates should be able to

  • Ensure the safe passage of reversing vehicles in confined spaces
  • Identify areas of danger within the site
  • Review work processes and risk assessments
  • Demonstrate HSE’s recommended code of signals
  • Guide large goods vehicles, both rigid and articulated, using the above code of signals to HSE Guide Notes HSG136 standard


Course assessment

 Individual practical assessments with explanation of requirements



Every successful vehicle banksman course delegate gets a certificate of training