Moving machinery and vehicles are risky and when left unchecked it can pose serious safety issues in the workplace. If you are working in an area with a lot of moving vehicles, it’s best to have a good traffic management plan and invest in safety technologies that can promote visibility and safety.
There are a number of ways workers and pedestrians are harmed in this type of working situation. For example, workers and pedestrians can be harmed when vehicles collide with each other or when vehicles hit a structure. They can be injured as well if they are hit by a moving vehicle, perhaps due to poor visibility on the part of the driver. Injuries can be sustained as well if a worker is hit by a reversing vehicle, especially if there’s no spotter in place or the reversing vehicle is not equipped with a reversing camera system. And if a person is hit by a moving vehicle or machinery, the consequences can be so severe not just for the person involved, but the business as well. The workers may suffer injuries or fractures or worse, they will die. And for the business owners, they will have to address the property damages, lost productive hours and even insurance costs.
Things you can do
There are different ways and approaches on how you can eliminate the risks posed by moving vehicles and machinery. One of the first steps that you can do is to isolate vehicles from people and visitors. If this step is not possible, you can invest in safety technologies and procedures that can help prevent or at least minimize the risk of accidents. Another important strategy that can be adopted is to ensure that all reversing warning devices and equipment are active. There are different types of reversing camera systems available, some with at least four cameras. Reversing cameras for trucks and machinery are often available with multiple cameras, and rated for heavy-duty work and application. The use of reversing cameras can be complemented by the presence of spotters who can direct traffic, and guide drivers and pedestrians during reversing.
These simple steps can go a long way in keeping everyone safe around moving vehicles. With these strategies, you not only protect your business, it will also help promote the well-being of the workers.