On sites operating heavy duty machinery, it is essential that safety measures are in place to prevent accidents. Operatives should be made aware of dangerous equipment and clear safety signage should be in place. Even experienced operatives can be injured by moving plant due to a variety of factors, including complacency and lack of communication between operatives and plant drivers.
See the examples below for how one site addressed this:
By making the 5-2 exclusion zone policy visual through the use of blue lights, this site has made their health and safety policy clearer for everyone on site. In the 13 months preceding the establishment of the 5+2 policy, there were three serious accidents on sites involving a collision between operatives and plant; since the policy and the blue light initiative there have been no accidents of this kind. The system is being extended to other surfacing equipment and is steadily being adopted across the industry.
Monitor report. Tarmac Trading Ltd. Ultra Site. Nottinghamshire. February 2017.
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