The HSE provides guidance with regard to Workplace Transport Safety and the control measures necessary.
There is a hierarchy and where reversing can be avoided then it should be. However, where it cannot routes should be organised to minimise the reversing operation.
Where reversing cannot be avoided:
• ‘Reversing areas’ should be planned out and clearly marked.
• People who do not need to be in reversing areas should be kept well clear.
• Consider employing a trained signaller (a banksman), both to keep the reversing area free of pedestrians and to guide drivers. Be aware: The use of signallers is not allowed in some industries due to the size of vehicles involved, and the difficulty that drivers have in seeing them.
• A banksman:
o Will need to use a clear, agreed system of signalling.
o Will need to be visible to drivers at all times.
o Will need to stand in a safe position, from which to guide the reversing vehicle without being in its way.
o Should wear very visible clothing, such as reflective vests, and ensure that any signals are clearly seen.
• If drivers lose sight of the signallers they should know to stop immediately.
• Consider whether portable radios or similar communication systems would be helpful.
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