Health and Safety Training - Avoiding Collisions with Structures
The drivers of vehicles on a construction site need to take particular care to avoid colliding with an object or structure, not to mention people! A collision could not only cause injury or death to the driver themselves, but also to any people that are hit by the moving vehicle. Construction health and safety training courses such as the CITB SMSTS cover the safe movement of vehicles around a site as this is an issue which affects the health and safety of workers on just about every construction site.
Until the day comes when robotic or automated vehicles are the norm on site to transport materials and supplies around, drivers will be humans who are prone to errors and mistakes. These mistakes will usually involve the accidental collision with something; either an inanimate structure/object or a person. Whilst the chances of an accident occurring can not be completely eliminated without banning vehicles on the site completely which is likely to be impractical, these chances can be significantly reduced through implementing certain safety features and ensuring that drivers and indeed all workers on site receive proper training in health and safety issues to enable them to work and move around the construction site in a safe manner and to be aware of potential hazards to health.
These measures to help avoid a collision with a structure or person include putting up barriers to prevent a vehicle accidentally reversing into something, improving the lighting on a site if work takes place when daylight is no longer present, and placing warning signs which are large enough to be seen easily near structures. As far as workers are concerned, an audible warning may also allow workers to get out of the way if they are in the path of a vehicle. This can take the form of the driver manually sounding the horn, or fitting the vehicle with an automated audible system which is activated when the vehicle is reversing and alerts those people nearby to get out of the way as it will be difficult for the driver to see everything behind them, particularly if the vehicle is large and/or long. A signalman or banksman may also be utilised to assist with the manoeuvring of the vehicle.