One of the most common construction site accidents involves construction vehicles and in particular moving vehicles.
Rushing is one of the greatest causes of accidents involving construction vehicles especially on smaller, more confined sites.
A site plan should direct vehicles on how to enter and exit a site and where to load and offload, it should also specify speed limits and pedestrian exclusion zones.
This is extremely important because most injuries and fatalities involving construction vehicles and heavy machinery and equipment occur at the hands of another worker.
For this reason heavy vehicles on construction sites should only operate where:
- Exclusion zones are set up to separate the vehicles from other traffic, pedestrians and people not involved in loading or unloading,
- vehicles are kept clear of overhead electric cables,
- loads are spread as evenly as possible, during both loading and unloading and are properly secured,
- vehicles are not overloaded and are stable,
- signallers who assist the driver in moving the vehicle should be trained to do so.
Each person operating on a construction site is responsible not only for their own safety but for the overall safety of the site because the actions of one can affect one or many others.
Having the proper safety procedures in place is not enough. Employers need to ensure that these procedures are adhered to and enforced by supervisors, management and workers in order to avoid tragedy even during seemingly routine operations involving construction vehicles.