Congested Work Areas

Congested Work Areas

Hazard/Near Miss Reports Submitted 2017:   +/-1525
2018:    240
Week 5: 76
Trend: 20 related to congested work areas.

Week 6 Beginning FEB 04, 2018

Incidents involving trucks, vehicles & equipment causing damage, injuries, and lost productivity highlights a critical need for everyone to continually assess hazards, and review safe work practices & procedures in congested areas. Poor sight lines and lack of visibility are inherent in most vehicles and equipment used on construction sites. This is especially true when the vehicles/equipment is backing up, or moving in areas where space is limited and the turning radius is tight. Warning devices such as back-up alarms are provided on trucks and mobile equipment, but this is not always sufficient to ensure worker safety. Highways in urban areas, school zones, and commercial facilities all represent congested conditions that require special care to avoid accidents and injuries. Inexperienced & reckless persons compound the risk.

Proper trip/route planning , site circulation, controlling & coordinating equipment movement, traffic control systems and worker training are the best ways to reduce incidents where vehicles/equipment and employees must work in the same area and interact with the public.

Circulation: Planning the work area to maintain a consistent circulation pattern is key to managing congested areas. This pattern has to be communicated to workers and travelers with signs, communication, and spotters/flagmen.

Yielding the Right of Way: Although sometimes it is frustrating and difficult, we have to give the right away to others and maintain professional composure and focus. This is esecially true where inexperienced or disorianted drivers and pedestrians are added to the congestion.

Maintain Separation: Be ready to stop short. Maintain focus and distance between fixed objects and other vehicles to allow for adequate reaction time. Be patient to avoid others beyond our control who take risks.

Park and Walk: Sometimes the best way to handle congested areas is to avoid them. Park some distance away and walk to the work area. Follow the safest route when on foot which may not be the straightest one. Park in designated areas.

Back up Alarms and Horns: BE sure that the backup alarm is working on equipment as part of the daily walk around. Use your horn (short friendly “toot”) to warn others of your presence in parking, highway and site locations. Stay out of the blind side of equipment and trucks

Spotters: Ask for help in tight spots to back in or maneuver between stationary objects. Don’t wait o be asked if you see a driver or operator in difficulty then offer your help to spot them. Use the “20 ft. or 2 eyes” method to ensure safe movement.

Communication: Use your radio, headlights, and in conversation warn others of congestion on highways, jobsites and others locations. Forewarned is forearmed.

Congestion on highways & jobsites is a hazard best managed with focus and patience.

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