Mastering Safety: The Importance of Banksman Training

Before we start, we just want to talk about a question we get asked, a lot….  what’s the difference between banksman and marshall?    In the context of vehicle and machinery movement on worksites, the terms “banksman” and “marshall” are often used interchangeably.   Marshall is the new term or title for our courses, which  used to be called Banksman.

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In industries where large vehicles and machinery are commonplace, effective communication and safety protocols are crucial. Banksman training, are specialised courses designed to enhance the safety and efficiency of vehicle movements, they play a vital role in preventing accidents and ensuring smooth operations. In this blog, we’ll delve into the significance of Banksman training, what it entails, and how it contributes to a safer and more productive work environment.

Banksman Training

Why Banksman Training Matters:

1. Enhanced Safety: Banksmen, also known as signallers or traffic marshals, are responsible for directing the movement of vehicles and machinery on site. Proper training equips them with the skills to manage vehicle movements safely, reducing the risk of collisions, injuries, and fatalities.

2. Improved Communication: Clear and effective communication is critical when guiding large vehicles in confined or busy spaces. Banksman training teaches participants standardized hand signals and radio communication techniques, ensuring that operators receive precise instructions.

3. Legal Compliance: Employers have a legal obligation to ensure that all personnel involved in directing vehicle movements are adequately trained. Banksman training helps companies comply with health and safety regulations, minimizing legal risks and potential penalties.

4. Increased Efficiency: Trained banksmen contribute to smoother operations by effectively managing traffic flow and minimizing downtime. This leads to enhanced productivity and a more organized worksite.

Banksman Training

The different courses available:

1. Vehicle Marshall:  Covering the movements of road going vehicles.

2. Plant Machinery Marshall: Covering the movements of Plant Machinery around a site.

3. Excavation Marshall:  The role of an Excavation Marshal is pivotal in ensuring safety while excavating.


Also sometimes covered under the Banksman heading is the role of

4. Slinger signaller:  Who is responsible for directing the movement of loads from a crane or similar lifts i.e. under slung loads from a telehandler or lifting ops using an excavator.

All the above course titles are linked to other blogs on our site, containing the individual course details. Please click and follow for more information.

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Benefits of Banksman Training:

1. Reduced Accidents and Incidents: Properly trained banksmen significantly lower the likelihood of accidents, protecting both personnel and equipment from harm.

2. Compliance and Reputation: Meeting legal training requirements not only avoids penalties but also enhances the company’s reputation as a responsible and safety-conscious employer.

3. Cost Savings: Preventing accidents and improving operational efficiency can result in substantial cost savings by reducing downtime, damage, and insurance claims.

4. Professional Development: Banksman training provides valuable skills that enhance career prospects for participants, promoting professional growth and development.

Banksman Training

So why use Kentra Training?  As many of you know Kentra was established in 1997 by Norman Kennish. Straight away the company registered with NPORS as a training provider. Our registration is number 66 and as such we are now one of the longest serving TP’s with them, delivering nearly 100 different training courses, including our own unique NPORS Small Plant and Portable Tools course and also all the different Banksman Training courses, which is what this blog is about.

Arranging a course

Arranging training with us is simple, contact us through the webpage , email the office on   or give us a call on 01606 832 556 and we can talk you through the different options available. Banksman training is an essential investment for any industry involving large vehicles and machinery. By prioritising safety, improving communication, and ensuring legal compliance, this training fosters a safer, more efficient, and productive work environment. 🦺🚜

It really couldn’t be easier to trained as competent operator, we are waiting to help you.