Large vehicles can be cumbersome to reverse, since the driver may not always be able to see exactly where they are going. This lack of vision can be potentially dangerous, which is why a banksman is used. A banksman is someone who can assist with this manoeuvre and ensure that the level of danger is greatly reduced. This is done via a series of hand signals that the banksman and the driver both understand. Proper training is required for someone to act as a banksman so that the procedure can be done safely and efficiently.
In reality, the best way to ensure that such a vehicle does not cause any potential danger when parking is to avoid reversing in the first place. However, this is not always possible. When it does need to be done, the banksman makes it as safe as possible and reduces the potential for danger. If this doesn’t happen then there could be an accident, which is something across which Accident Advice Helpline have come in the past.
What are the potential dangers involved with a lorry that is reversing?
In this situation, the limited vision the driver has may mean that someone is potentially caught behind the vehicle. Some HGVs have trailers as well, which makes the procedure even more vital to get right. By paying attention to the hand signals used by the banksman, the driver will know when they can reverse and when they should stop.
Of course, there have been cases in which people have been injured as a consequence of a reversing accident. An injury to a banksman could potentially be very serious indeed. If negligence is found to have contributed to an injury to a banksman, a compensation claim may well be lodged by the victim and could be successful.
Focusing on safety
Site safety is vitally important no matter how big or small the site is. It doesn’t matter if one HGV comes in a day or whether there are dozens — the most important thing is to focus on the element of safety.
As such, if you believe that this wasn’t the case when you suffered injuries while working as a banksman, call us at Accident Advice Helpline today. Our number is free to call on 0800 689 0500 and you can also try our 30-second online test to learn more.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown