Construction sites pose many dangers for the individuals who have to walk through them. Trip hazards, dust, slick conditions, and dropped objects are just a few of the many possible hazards present for those individuals walking around a construction site. A major hazard that can result in serious injury or fatalities for workers on the ground is mobile equipment operations.
Best Practices to Avoid Incidents Between Mobile Equipment and Ground Personnel
Eliminate mobile equipment operation when possible. Obviously the less movement of this equipment equates to less chance an incident can occur. Elimination can be achieved through redesign of work areas as well as better pre-planning of work tasks.
Eliminate backing as much as possible during mobile equipment operations. Backing is much more likely to result in an incident in comparison to moving forward.
Separate ground personnel work areas or walking paths from mobile equipment operations whenever possible.
Remove ground personnel from a work area temporarily if mobile equipment has to complete work in the area.
Utilize spotters when it is safe to do so to communicate with the operators of mobile equipment.