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iHASCO, a provider of Health & Safety and Compliance eLearning, have released a brand new Banksman Essentials training course. 5000 transport related accidents occur in the workplace each year, according to the HSE, with a quarter of the 50 fatalities involving reversing vehicles. 

Anyone who works as a banksman and is involved in the planning and signalling of workplace transport activities must be aware of the safety measures that can minimise the risk of transport related injuries and fatalities. Given that most accidents are avoidable, it is paramount to workplace safety. 

This new course is designed to complement a banksman’s necessary practical training and can be used as either an introduction to the essential banksman role or act as a refresher for those with existing experience. In a succinct 20 minutes, this CPD accredited, online course provides real life demonstrations of the common hand signals used by banksman/signallers in the UK and Europe, and an overview of their health and safety responsibilities. 

iHASCO were joined by industry experts BAM Construction Training to obtain realistic and accurate video footage to ensure a high quality and engaging learning experience. “It was vital to film these signalling demos in situ, so our learners can make a direct connection between our content and what they actually experience at work” said Lottie Galvin, Studio Manager at iHASCO. “It was fantastic for our team to work with BAM Construction Training. They have helped us to achieve the detail and accuracy that our training must provide, in order to help keep our clients and pedestrians safe.” 

Whilst the HSE recommends that reversing manoeuvres for HGVs or mobile plant should be avoided, this is not always possible, and banksman are a vital site asset to direct vehicles. Companies and drivers face prosecution if they are found to be negligent after a tragic accident, which causes devastation for everyone involved as well as crippling financial costs and loss of reputation for the business. Investing in high quality training - both practical and online - to minimise the risks of workplace transport related incidents seems an obvious choice.

iHASCO are encouraging interested companies to sign up to afree trial of the course. 

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