Become a Traffic Marshall / Banksman

Traffic Marshalls/Banksmen are vital to the construction industry, focusing on managing vehicle movements within construction sites to maintain safety and efficiency. They ensure that trucks, cranes, and other construction vehicles are navigated safely around the site, preventing accidents and contributing to a smoothly run project.

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What Do Traffic Marshalls / Banksman Do?

Vehicle Navigation: Direct the movement of vehicles and heavy machinery on site to ensure safe operation.

Communication: Use hand signals and communication devices to guide drivers and operators, ensuring clear instructions are given and followed.

Site Safety: Monitor construction areas for potential hazards and maintain pedestrian safety by managing walkways and barriers.

Traffic Management: Implement and oversee traffic management plans within the construction site to prevent congestion and accidents.

Could I Be a Traffic Marshall/Banksman?

This role is suited for individuals with a keen eye for safety and a good understanding of construction site dynamics. Ideal candidates are those who possess excellent communication skills, can make quick decisions, and are capable of standing for long periods in various weather conditions.

What Skills Do I Need?

  • Communication Skills

    Proficiency in using hand signals and verbal commands to guide vehicle movements.

  • Vigilance

    Constant awareness of the surroundings to quickly identify and react to potential hazards.

  • Understanding of Construction Sites

    Knowledge of construction site layouts and the operation of various construction vehicles.

  • Health and Safety Awareness

    A strong commitment to health and safety practices, ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations.

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How Much Could I Earn?

The earnings for Traffic Marshalls/Banksmen can vary based on the size of the project and location, with starting salaries ranging from £17,000 to £20,000 annually. With experience and additional qualifications, such as specific safety certifications, earnings can increase to between £22,000 and £30,000 per year.

How Do I Get Started?

  • CSCS Card

    Although not always mandatory, holding a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card can be beneficial and is often required by employers in the UK construction industry. For a Traffic Marshal, a basic CSCS Green Labourer Card might be a good start, for which you'll need to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test and complete a relevant qualification in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.

  • Traffic Marshal Training Course

    Enrol in a Traffic Marshal or Banksman training course. These courses typically cover hand signalling, understanding the roles and responsibilities of a Traffic Marshal, safe manoeuvring of vehicles, and communication techniques. The course may also cover the use of walkie-talkies and other communication devices.

  • Vocational Training

    To enhance your qualifications and broaden your employment opportunities within the construction and traffic management sectors, pursuing an NVQ Level 2 in Traffic Marshall is highly recommended.

  • Practical Experience

    Gaining practical experience on a construction site is invaluable. Starting in a general labourer role can provide a good foundation and understanding of construction site operations, which is beneficial for a Traffic Marshal.

  • Further Certifications

    Depending on where you work and the specific requirements of your employer, additional certifications may be required or beneficial. This could include first aid training, fire marshal training, or specific health and safety qualifications.

  • Networking

    Engage with construction industry professionals at job fairs and through online platforms to find job opportunities.

  • Apply for Positions

    Submit applications to construction companies, highlighting relevant experience and certifications. Registration with recruitment agencies focusing on construction roles can also be beneficial.

Career Progression

Starting as a Traffic Marshall/Banksman provides a solid foundation for career growth within the construction sector. With experience, there is potential to advance to supervisory roles overseeing site safety and logistics or to specialise further in construction site safety and traffic management, enhancing professional credentials and opportunities for higher earnings.