Health and Safety Training of Vehicle Drivers and Machinery Operators
The safe operation and driving of vehicles and equipment on a construction site requires not only the careful selection of the people tasked with operating them, but also receiving suitable training. It is not acceptable for a worker to just hop on board a vehicle and be expected to drive or operate it flawlessly and without incident. In fact, if this were to happen it is likely that very soon there would be an accident which caused someone to become injured or even die as a result.
Drivers and machinery operators not only require general health and safety training in order to be aware of all of the numerous risks and hazards that can present a danger to their health and welfare, but also require training which is specific to the vehicle or machinery they are due to operate. As well as this machine-specific training teaching them how to use the equipment, it will also make them aware of other vitally important considerations such as the location of emergency stop or engine cut-off switches and the tolerance/operating parameters of the equipment, as pushing the equipment beyond its capabilities could cause an accident, e.g. lifting a weight which is too heavy and causes cables to snap and the load to break free. Even if they have previously received training and operated a similar vehicle, they should still receive training as the layout of the controls may be different to previous makes and models.
It is also important that construction site managers and site supervisors receive training to make them aware of the risks that their employees face whilst driving or operating vehicles and equipment on site, not to mention their own responsibilities with regards to the safety and welfare of those who are affected by work on the site.