The Role of a Traffic Marshal
While accidents can happen anywhere, one of the top ways to reduce the chance of this happening on a building site or in a loading bay is to employ the services of a traffic marshal. Also known as vehicle banksmen, these are the people who ensure safe movement of large vehicles around a site and reduce the chance that accidents do happen.
If you are looking to hire an experienced traffic Marshall to ensure the safe movement of vehicles on your site, then you should speak to us at Kamko Security. The Traffic Marshall will be responsible for facilitating the movement of cranes and heavy vehicles on-site, maintaining access control, and ensuring that all visitors adhere to site safety regulations. S/He may also be required to direct traffic on roadways when heavy vehicles enter and leave the worksite.
To ensure success as a traffic Marshall, our officers have excellent communication skills, strong attention to detail, and a high level of physical fitness. A top-class traffic Marshall should be able to boost production rates by understanding traffic flow and communicating clearly with drivers.
Being a traffic marshal is a little like being the eyes and ears of the driver of a large vehicle, particularly cranes. These vehicles are awkward to move and don’t allow the driver a good line of sight around him, so a traffic marshal is instrumental in this safe movement. The marshal can use several ways to communicate with the driver, ranging from simple hand signals to a radio connection to give full and specific instructions.
Traffic Marshall Responsibilities:
The responsibilities of the traffic marshal therefore start with ensuring that the area around the vehicle is clear and safe before it begins to manoeuvre. The marshal will then walk in the front of the vehicle, clearing any obstructions from the vehicle’s path, while also looking out for anything that could cause an obstacle for its progress or even a distraction for the driver. He would be responsible for
- Maintaining security and surveillance on-site.
- Recording deliveries and managing visitor logbook.
- Conducting visitor safety briefings and ensuring that the correct PPE is worn.
- Ensuring that drivers and workers adhere to health and safety regulations on-site.
- Facilitating the movement of cranes, dump trucks, and heavy vehicles on-site.
- Maintaining communications with the site office and heavy vehicle drivers.
- Ensuring the safe movement of vehicles into and out of the construction site.
- Preserving pedestrian and traffic routes outside of the site entrance.
- Directing road traffic when vehicles enter or exit the site.
- Responding to applicable ad hoc requests.
Traffic Marshall duties
The job is about more than just helping large vehicles move around the site. Traffic marshals receive a risk assessment briefing and use the information provided in this along with their training to carry out their role daily. Your construction site in particular is an ever-changing environment and a marshal’s job is to be aware of these changes and take them into consideration while doing their job.
At Kamko Security our officers are briefed and trained to follow this procedure.
Movement patterns of large vehicles is another area that the traffic marshal will require knowledge about. Some large vehicles follow a systematic pattern, for instance arriving at the site at a particular time every morning. Or a certain task may be carried out at a specific time each week. Knowing when these vehicles will be moving around is another aspect of the job and ensuring safety when they do. Kamko staff will always coordinate with the Site manager to ensure that there is a clear understanding of day to day activity
Colleagues on the site can assist the traffic marshal in their role by keeping them up to date with changes in plans or routes. By ensuring they have all the up-to-date information, the marshal can fulfil their role fully and safely on all occasions.
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