Safe Movement of Vehicles on a Construction Site
Different construction sites will have differing levels of vehicle traffic moving about on site. This can range from one person driving a little forklift around, to a site which has a large number of vehicles and heavy machinery moving about constantly. It may also be the case that the same site can have varying levels of vehicle traffic depending upon the time of day.
With virtually no two construction sites being the same, the measures that need to be put into place to facilitate the safe movement of vehicles and people or, perhaps more pertinently, keeping them apart, will be slightly different for each site.
The importance of managing the safe movement of vehicles and people around a construction site is such that it is included in the syllabus of construction health and safety courses like the NEBOSH Construction Certificate, Site Managers SMSTS and Site Supervisors SSSTS courses. To find out more about these courses, please use the "Health & Safety" drop-down menu at the top of the page.
Where construction work is taking place close to where pedestrians are walking, if it is possible and practical then designated walkways with pre-determined crossing points should be introduced to avoid those on foot coming into contact with moving vehicles. Obviously a person would come off significantly worse if they were to be struck by a moving vehicle, and is likely to cause either serious injury or death to that person. Whilst workers should have received health and safety training and be knowledgeable as to the risks and potential dangers, members of the public who are walking nearby may not be, particularly if they are distracted by using a mobile phone or listening to music. This makes it especially important to keep them away from potential dangers by using measures such as barriers and crossing points to prevent them accidentally, or deliberately, wandering where they should not be.