Having large vehicles operating on site can present a risk to pedestrians. It’s vital for all workers to know about the differences inherent in larger vehicles, such as reduced manoeuvrability and visibility, so that they are aware of the dangers and the importance of the control measures.
10 Top Tips for Safe Work around Large Vehicles
- Consider all vehicle movements and assess what control measures are needed, such as pedestrian segregation by barriers or other structures.
- Include the other work activities happening in the vicinity within your risk assessment, in case other workers could come into contact with moving vehicles.
- Ensure drivers are licenced, trained and competent to drive the size of vehicle intended for them.
- Manage visiting drivers by informing them of the site rules, speed limits, one way systems and the need to limit reversing operations.
- Drivers to check that nothing is obscuring their view when they enter their cab – this might include grills and also things inside the cab such as soft toys, sat nav and paperwork. The windscreen and all mirrors should be kept clean.
- Check that external mirrors provide all-round vision, with a view to eliminating any blind spots.
- Consider whether CCTV could be used within the vehicle – but do make sure that the camera lenses are kept clean, and remind drivers to allow adjustment time where changes in the light occur.
- Ensure all workers in the vicinity of vehicles wear high-visibility clothing to make them easier to see.
- If possible, reduce vehicle traffic at peak times such as lunch time or shift changes.
- Regularly review accident and near miss data to spot any trends that show potential weak spots in your control measures.
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