The most dangerous place for a worker is in a motor vehicle, and is the #1 cause of serious injuries and fatalities.
At the facility, or on the job-site location, there is often not enough site space to move vehicles in and around the parking lot, project site or loading area.
It makes it difficult to move between vehicles, difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and the increased potential to hit a fixed object.
• Always do a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle/equipment regardless if it is a semi-truck or passenger vehicle. It is also a good idea to check periodically throughout the work shift
• Always keep the vehicles and equipment in good running condition. This includes brakes, lights, turn signals, and back-up alarms if so equipped. Let your supervisor know immediately if there is a safety issue with the vehicle/equipment
• Keep loads, ladders and equipment secured when transporting them, even small distances
• Any loads extending past the vehicle body should be flagged
• No employee should be allowed to ride the load or exterior of any vehicle not designed to transport personnel.
• Seatbelts are required and must be used on and off the jobsite while riding in a vehicle
• Always give the right-of-way. Don’t worry about who should go first, rather who is the safest.
• Use safe traveling distances while on the highway (3 second rule)
• Distracted driving is the cause of many accidents, stay alert at all time
• Avoid backing vehicles; when you have to, have front and rear ground guides.
• Report any unsafe road conditions to your fellow employees and supervisor(s).
• Beware of any weather changes like, snow, rain and ice. Expected the unexpected and prepare in advance.
• When working around vehicles, always wear "Personal Protective Equipment" (PPE) such as a high visibility vest. (ANSI Class 2 garment)
• If you happen to stop to help at a vehicle accident, before you proceed to help, make sure it is safe for you to assist. Always stop, evaluate for other traffic, look for unknown hazards (downed powerlines) and wear PPE
• Never stop traffic unless you are trained and have the correct certification to do so, such as a State issued flaggers card
• If workers can expect to be around heavy equipment, make sure you get eye contact and acknowledgement from the operator. Assume they don’t see you.
• If the worksite is going to be very busy, know the policy on use of a spotter (ground guide) to direct delivery vehicles
• Inquire as to what is the company policy on parking individually owned cars and trucks around the workplace
Remember: Unsafe acts when compounded by the force of small or large vehicles can result in severe injuries and expensive repair or damaged material bills.
Let's be safe out there!