Maintenance of Construction Site Vehicles
An important aspect of managing and creating a safe construction site is to ensure that the vehicles and equipment that are present on site are maintained properly. Not only are poorly maintained vehicles more likely to break down, which costs time and money to repair and in lost working hours, but there is also a significant health and safety risk to drivers, passengers and people working nearby on the site who can be at risk if a component fails.
Some of the most important parts of any land vehicle when it comes to safety are the brakes. Even though the vehicles are likely to be travelling at a relatively low speed when compared with a car on the motorway for example, an inability to stop can lead to a collision which, bearing in mind the size of some construction vehicles, can result in death or serious injuries.
Just as a pilot does a walk-around of an aeroplane before a flight to check for problems, a driver just about to start a shift in a construction site vehicle should do a visual check to identify obvious hazards which may be present such as a deflated tyre or partially-extended hydraulic arm which should be fully retracted before the vehicle is driven.
This visual inspection will only identify issues which can easily be seen externally, meaning potentially more serious problems which cannot be seen such as worn brakes will go unnoticed. To find these problems and take remedial action before they become dangerous will require regular inspections and maintenance to ensure that the vehicles are safe and operating efficiently.
A good vehicle maintenance programme, combined with health and safety courses such as the NEBOSH Construction Certificate to make workers more aware of the dangers that are present on a construction site will equate to a safer place of work and reduce the likelihood of somebody being injured or killed on site.