The potential for injury begins upon arrival at the job site. Hazards can be present even before a worker exits their vehicle and even when driving around the site.
Workers should practice safe procedures when driving all types of vehicles and construction equipment to avoid creating hazards to themselves and their co-workers. Backing up equipment or vehicles can be especially dangerous if workers fail to follow safe operating procedures.
When having a safety meeting about driving on site, make sure these important points are covered with everyone who works on the job site (not just those employees who drive work vehicles!)
- Use designated entrances and access areas when exiting and entering the job sites. These entrances should be clearly marked. All vehicles that will be used must be inspected to ensure that they are in safe operating condition and free of apparent damage that could lead to an accident. Ideally, copies of the inspections will be maintained.
- Notify the appropriate person and be certain that any damage or defect is corrected before the vehicle is used.
- Remove from service any motor vehicle that is found to be defective or has faulty safety devices.
- Vehicles to transport employees must have seats secured for the number of workers required.
Prevent backing incidents by:
- making sure back-up alarms are working
- checking the area behind you before reversing
- never backing up without having a clear view
- using a highly visible and well-trained spotter
How can employers do it?
They should consider each of the following areas:
- Plan their workplace so that pedestrians are safe from vehicles.
- Provide a one-way system if they can.
- Provide separate routes for pedestrians and vehicles where possible.
- Avoid reversing where possible.
- Provide appropriate crossing points where pedestrians and traffic meet.
- Use road signs to indicate vehicle routes, speed limits, pedestrian crossings etc.
- Make sure lighting is adequate where people and vehicles are working.
- Make sure road surfaces are firm and even.
- Make sure there are safe areas for loading and unloading.
- Try to provide separate car parking for visitors as they may not know your site.
- Ensure that vehicles are compatible with the working environment, e.g. electric or gas powered;
- Ensure vehicles are suitable for the purpose for which they are used.
- Maintain vehicles in good repair, particularly the braking system, steering, tyres, lights, mirrors and specific safety systems. Make sure safety systems/alarms have not been defeated.
- Remove the need for people to climb up on vehicles where possible, e.g. by providing gauges and controls that are accessible from ground level.
- Reduce the risk of falling when people have to climb onto a vehicle or trailer by providing well-constructed ladders, non-slip walkways and guard rails where possible.
- Provide reversing aids such as CCTV where appropriate.
- Fit rollover protective structures and use seat belts where fitted.
- Train lift truck operators.
- Reassess lift truck operators at regular interval or as required by national legislation, or when new equipment is supplied or new risks arise such as changes to working practices.
- Train drivers of other vehicles to a similar standard.
- Make sure all drivers are supervised (including those visiting the site).
You can get more training from RCL Safety Centre thru https: www.safetycentre.ng/training_register
At RCL Safety Centre this training is also available in different Nigerian languages like PIDGIN,YORUBA,HAUSA AND IGBO
Our company (RCL Safety Centre) is an indigenous company dedicated to Health, Safety and Environment Training and Services.
We are technical partners of the National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN) as well as approved training partners of most major International Occupational Safety and Health organizations like NEBOSH, and corporate members of ISPON (Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria) with thousands of personnel trained in various areas till date.
For more information visit our website: www.safetycentre.ng
Contact us on: 08099700070, 09057666623 or 08164363532