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Banksmen/Signaller act as the ears and eyes of vehicle drivers and plant operators. A banksman 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.
Average salaries are in the region of £22,000.00 to £25,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
Banksmen/Signallers are the ears and eyes of vehicle drivers and plant operators on site.
A banksman is responsible for directing the movement of vehicles on or around a site. They provide assistance and direction to plant operations, which is critical for on-site health and safety.
The constant movement of heavy plant and vehicles means that a construction site is a potentially dangerous working environment. Any accident is one too many and it's the job of the banksman to make sure that everyday operations are carried out safely.
Ideally, traffic movement and operations involving plant will be arranged in such a way as to minimise the possible risk to personnel and other equipment.
Where this isn’t possible, the banksman/signaller will act as the eyes and ears of the driver and plant operators, communicating and instructing verbally or when required by means of radio and/or pre-arranged hand signals.
Many operations – such as vehicles reversing, manoeuvring in confined spaces or plant operations including excavations, road construction, filling areas and piling– have to be carried out in conditions where the view of the driver or operator is partially or entirely obstructed. It is therefore essential that the banksman is competent and can remain alert at all times.
As a Banksman/Signaller, you would be:
Salaries, allowances, hourly rates and bonuses typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.
This role typically invloves 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.
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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:
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According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 2460 Plant Operatives (which includes banksmen) between 2017 - 2021. The highest demand for these construction jobs will be in Yorkshire & Humber and Northern Ireland, followed by Greater London, Wales and Scotland.
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